Ethnic Jewels Magazine

Ethnic Jewels Magazine is a celebration of personal adornment in all of it’s wonderful forms. We study the ways in which people adorn themselves and express themselves though jewellery, tattooing, textiles and body modification. Drawing from historical, contemporary and diverse geographical sources we bring together great articles which explore the human desire to adorn, taking care to consider the cultural and environmental influences upon those forms of adornment.. Ethnic Jewels Magazine features writers who are experts in their field, and brings accurate and well researched content to you in a free online publication. Inside Ethnic Jewels Magazine you will find regular articles by experts, book reviews, ethnic jewellery buying guides, and historical insights in to the people who wear these wonderful creations. Ethnic Jewels Magazine provides focus on specialist areas, such as hair adornment, contemporary designers, and exhibitions. Ethnic Jewels Magazine is the first free online magazine which is focussed wholly on adornment, and continues to grow as a wonderful resource for those with an interest or passion for the beauty and diversity of human adornment. Join our mailing list to stay informed of our recent work on the Ethnic Jewels Magazine website and also the Ethnic Jewels Network which brings together the very best of Ethnic Jewels online content.

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A Story of Two Rings by Truus Daalder

A Story of Two Rings by Truus Daalder

  This story really starts with an electrical fault in our house. The electrical firm promised to send our usual, pleasant and utterly competent electrician after he had finished another job. So somewhat later in the afternoon he arrived, but unexpectedly brought an apprentice we had never seen before, because he had always come by…

Hair adorned

The Collector By Barbara Steinberg

The Collector By Barbara Steinberg

In the winds of the Central Asian steppes, in the heat of the Sahara, in the wild forests of Borneo, he picked up broken things — remnants of cultures disappeared. Then he took each piece and placed it in the puzzle of what happened to its people, whose lives had withered dismally into obscurity. He…

Contemporary

Stefania Lucchetta

Stefania Lucchetta

Stefania Lucchetta was born and lives in Bassano del Grappa (Vicenza area), Italy. She holds degrees from Ca’ Foscari University in Venice (1999, BA with honors in Literature and Art History) and Scuola Italiana Design of Padua (2004, Master degree in Industrial Design), besides some modules previously taken at the Venice College of Fine Arts….

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With news, reviews and topical articles, Ethnic Jewels Magazine is the best source of information online for those with a passion for adornment.

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Ivory

Ivory

  Ivory is a material which is historically used widely in adornment. Ivory is the tusk or tooth of an animal, including : the elephant, the walrus, the boar, the hippopotamus, the sperm whale, the narwhal and the crocodile. Ivory can be identified as it carries a distinct striation pattern called Schreger lines. The formation…

Mud cloth Bogolan

Mud cloth Bogolan

Mud cloth is a type of fabric which is made by the Bamana peoples of Mali in West Africa. The cotton fabric is woven in strips by men and is subsequently dyed by the women using an iron rich clay slip which is collected from riverbeds and fermented. Jars of Bogolan (fermented slip) are stored…

A Tribal Rite of Spring in Paris by Barbara Ann Steinberg

A Tribal Rite of Spring in Paris by Barbara Ann Steinberg

In the early 20th Century, European artists stripped antiquities and African tribal art of their religious significance. The pieces, with bold, minimalist shapes and lines, influenced Modernism and Cubism in design, only, as artists explored the relationship between humanity and the Industrial Revolution. Diaghilev’s Ballet Russes was acclaimed for bringing modern dance to Parisian audiences…

Artistic and Ornamental Japanese Combs, by Miriam Slater

Artistic and Ornamental Japanese Combs, by Miriam Slater

For the Japanese comb collector, it is helpful to be able to discern the difference between artistic and decorative pieces. Auction prices often confirm the fact that the more art qualities a a piece has, the more collectable it becomes. Decorative hair combs (which are often quite beautiful in their own right), will not possess…

Yaroslava Kellermann – Designer

Yaroslava Kellermann – Designer

About myself My brother and I were raised in a family of teachers. Except of math and history, both of my parents studied music, so we were surrounded by it and by books. The last years of the Soviet Union and the first of Ukrainian independence were extremelly harsh, but I remember that my mom…

Abrasha

Abrasha

I attended the “Goldschmiedeschule” (School for Goldsmithing) in Pforzheim, West-Germany. After two years of study there and a one year apprenticeship with a commercial firm, I took a state exam which certified me as a goldsmith. After that I worked and studied with Professor Klaus Ullrich, one of Germany’s leading jewelry artists, for one year….

Ethiopian Hairpins – one of my  passions  – Eva Baby

Ethiopian Hairpins – one of my passions – Eva Baby

How did it  start? What makes someone collect Ethiopian hairpins? My favourite  areas have always been the Sahara, even as a child, I dreamed of going there and riding on camels through the sand. Of course  the Tuareg culture found its way to me, I  read  about it, got to know  Tuareg who lived in…

Daniella Dobesova – Designer

Daniella Dobesova – Designer

Daniela trained at The College of Art and Design in her home city of Prague, later continuing her studies in Jewellery Design at Richmond College of Art in London, where after graduation in 2003 she became an artist in residence. Whilst at Richmond her designs started to gain a reputation for innovation & originality in…

JOSEP TAPIRÓ, Spanish Orientalist  (1836-1913) by Leonor Arnó Pons

JOSEP TAPIRÓ, Spanish Orientalist (1836-1913) by Leonor Arnó Pons

A new exhibition, at the Museu Nacional de Catalunya (Barcelona) is setting out to restore the figure of Josep Tapiró to its rightful place as one of the leading representatives of international Orientalism. Josep Tapiró i Baró (Reus 1836-1913), the first painter from the Iberian Peninsula to settle in Tangier, was a direct witness of the extraordinary urban and…

Rashaida – The clothing of the nomads of Eritrea by Sarah Corbett

Rashaida – The clothing of the nomads of Eritrea by Sarah Corbett

The elaborate clothing of a Rashaida woman in instantly recognisable, the rich and intricate silver embroidery of the veils and the bold black and coloured embroidered dresses are testimony to many hours of highly skilled artistry. The richness of the Rashaida clothing is funded by very skilful herding, breeding, renting and selling of their camels;…

Tattoos Image gallery M – P

Tattoos Image gallery M – P

Part three of the Tattoos Around the World series Tattoos from M – P Tattoos in a tribal context are as much a communicator as they are a means of Adornment. They can be understood in the capacity of an expression of self, a sign of religious belonging, or relieve symptoms of spiritual or physical…

Ancient Jade Chinese Combs at the Creative Museum

Ancient Jade Chinese Combs at the Creative Museum

After rebellions crushed a united China under the Han Dynasty in 220 AD, a turbulent period began where power moved from North to South. During the Six Dynasties (220 – 589 AD), especially the Period of the Northern and Southern Dynasties (386-589), Confucianism was challenged, as Buddhism and Taoism took hold. It was a period…

News

The Staffordshire Hoard

BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND—Fragments of artifacts from the Staffordshire Hoard have been cleaned and are being fitted together in work funded by Historic England and public donations. The seventh-century Anglo-Saxon artifacts include a rare high-status helmet and a unique form of sword pommel that was in 26 pieces when it was uncovered. The pommel “combines multiple different…

Japanese mirrors

FUKUOKA PREFECTURE, JAPAN—A fragment of a mold used to cast bronze mirrors in 200 B.C. has been unearthed at the Sugu Takauta ruins in northern Kyushu. It had been thought that such tachukyo, or mirrors with knobs, had been imported from the Korean Peninsula at this time. The mold shows indentations to create knobs on…

A farmer in southeastern Poland unearthed three gold bracelets

KROSNO, POLAND—A farmer in southeastern Poland unearthed three gold bracelets tied with golden wire that are thought to date to between 1600 and 400 B.C. “We will study the place of discovery because we want to determine whether it was a discovery of a treasure, or perhaps remains of a burial ground,” Jan Gancarski, director…

Royals and Regalia: Inside the Palaces of Nigeria’s Monarchs

The Newark Museum presents; “Royals and Regalia: Inside the Palaces of Nigeria’s Monarchs,” a collection of photographs from George Osodi’s project, George has visited the palaces of over 20 kings and queens all over Nigeria. The project is intended to show off Nigeria’s history and cultural complexity, and to promote harmony in a country often torn apart by ethnic and…

‘Kimono: A Modern History’ at the Met Tells Rich Stories Through Fabric

When clothing appears at the Metropolitan Museum, it’s typically a big to-do involving the Costume Institute, haute couture and numerous theatrical set pieces. (See, for instance, the current exhibition of Victorian mourning attire.) But “Kimono: A Modern History,” quietly folded into the museum’s Arts of Japan Galleries, is a different kind of fashion show. It’s…