Ethnic Jewels Magazine

Ethnic Jewels Magazine looks at adornment though jewellery, tattooing, textiles and body modification. Inside Ethnic Jewels Magazine you will find regular articles, book reviews, ethnic jewellery buying guides and historical insights into cultures and peoples of the world. Ethnic Jewels Magazine provides focus on specialist areas such as hair adornment, traditional, tribal and folk cultures. Ethnic Jewels Magazine is the first free online magazine which is focussed wholly on ethnic adornment and continues to grow as a resource for those with an interest or passion for the diversity of human adornment. Join our mailing list to stay informed of our recent work on the Ethnic Jewels Magazine website.

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Egypt’s Wearable Heritage by Jolanda Bos

Egypt’s Wearable Heritage by Jolanda Bos

Jolanda Bos is an archaeologist who has been travelling to Egypt for over 25 years. From the 1990s onwards she has worked in different excavations in the Egyptian deserts. She brings her archaeologists eye to an accessable yet scholarly study of Egypts’ contemporary yet still traditional and artisanal culture. This beautifully glossy book with its abundance…

Hair adorned

Of Combs and Saints by Barbara Steinberg

Of Combs and Saints by Barbara Steinberg

It was a time before nations. Celtic tribes ruled Gaul until they were conquered by the Roman Empire (121 – 51 BC). In the early 5th Century, Roman Gaul was overwhelmed by the Visigoths, Burgundians, and Franks until 481, when Frankish King Childeric I defeated the Visigoths, and his son King Clovis I united all…

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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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Tibetan ornaments worn on the belt or attached to clothes by Truus Daalder

Tibetan ornaments worn on the belt or attached to clothes by Truus Daalder

Many ornaments were sewn onto the clothes of Tibetan nomads by means of lugs, as protective amulets and functional items for easy use during their travels. This can be seen, for example, in the concave ornament shown in figure 1 which is adorned with small pieces of turquoise and silver-gilt metal in circles around a…

Book Review. Silver Treasures from the Land of Sheba – by Marjorie Ransom –

Book Review. Silver Treasures from the Land of Sheba – by Marjorie Ransom –

Author – Marjorie Ransom Photography – Robert K . Liu ISBN – 978 977 416 600 6 Published by www.aucpress.com – 2014 Whilst working in the diplomatic service in the Middle East, Marjorie Ransom began to ‘rescue’ silver jewels from the melting pot. Marjorie studied the origins and cultural history of those pieces of adornment….

What is Amber? By Sarah Corbett

What is Amber? By Sarah Corbett

Found all over the world, Amber is a fossilised tree resin. Not only prized for it’s obvious aesthetic properties, Amber has long been associated with magical power. Thus becoming favoured as a medium with which to create charms and amulets to protect the wearer from ‘bad’ spirits. Resin is present in trees , and protects…

Adornment, the start of the story! By Sarah Corbett

Adornment, the start of the story! By Sarah Corbett

  Jewellery has been documented for at least 7000 years of man’s existence and recent discoveries of shell beads in a cave in Morocco date back 111,000 years, a yet more recent discovery in Israel pre-dates this Moroccan find by 35,000 years! So it really seems that the drive to adorn has always been with…

Tanit – The original great goddess. By Sarah Corbett

Tanit – The original great goddess. By Sarah Corbett

Tanit –  Thinit – Tanis – Rat Tanit – Lady of Carthage – Lady of the Sanctuary – Tinit – Tank – The face of Ba’al – The heavenly Goddess – Tanith – The heavenly virgin. All are names to represent the original great goddess, an ancient and powerful force and symbol of fertility and…

Zaouli

Zaouli

Zaouli is a mask of the Dje LaLou. The Gouro ethnic group from Manfla in the Cote d’Ivoire, West Africa, uses it in a traditional mask dance drumming ceremony.  LaLou Zaouli was a goddess for the Gouro people and the words ‘Djela Lon Zaouli’ mean ‘The Lions daughter’. The Zaouli dance is a seductive dance,…

The Lingam Necklace

The Lingam Necklace

A Lingam necklace is a silver casket worn to contain a piece of smooth oval stone called a Lingum. The Lingam ( Ishtalinga) stone is a natural river worn stone primarily of Jasper found in the Narmada river ( a tributary of the Ganges River) in India. The lingam stone represents the God Shiva. In…

Bound Earth by Andrea Williams

Bound Earth by Andrea Williams

  Andrea Williams is an independent fine art jewelry designer living in New England. She is an accomplished metalsmith who specializes in contemporary, eco-conscious, nature inspired jewelry. Andrea created Bound Earth out of her belief that jewelry should not be worn as a status symbol, but should instead bring us closer to the earth that…

Dawn Wilson-Enoch – Designer

Dawn Wilson-Enoch – Designer

The desert has always called me.I’m a lover of desert places, a creator of talismans, a bridger of worlds, a desert dweller. I live on desert light. My home and studio, shared with my husband and two cats, is in Northern New Mexico. I work with the textures, shapes, and colors of desert places, making…

Tribal Art from Sumatra and the Philippines – Gina Hellweger

Tribal Art from Sumatra and the Philippines – Gina Hellweger

Will you share a table with me? I will show you some tribal combs and art I’ve collected from Sumatra (the big silver comb in the center) and the Philippines. This wooden comb decorated with wild boar siblings comes from the Philippine island of Palawan. In Northern Luzon, the Cordilleran language group has several dialects….

Belonging and Belongings in the Land of the Iceni – Natasha Harlow

Belonging and Belongings in the Land of the Iceni – Natasha Harlow

This paper explores the social and cultural transitions which occurred during the late Iron Age and early Roman periods (circa 100 BCE-200 CE) in the modern counties of Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire. I discuss issues of identity (belonging) and how people may have responded to these changes through portable personal objects (belongings). I use the…

Tattoos image gallery D – M

Tattoos image gallery D – M

Part two of the Tattoos Around the World series. Tattoos from D – M 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…

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LOLLAND, DENMARK—A local man and his two sons have found a range of gold items on the Danish island of Lolland

LOLLAND, DENMARK—A local man and his two sons have found a range of gold items on the Danish island of Lolland, according to a report in The Local Denmark. Included in the find was a bracteate, or thin gold medallion dating to the Germanic Iron Age. Archaeologists at the Museum Lolland-Falster believe the amulet includes…

Undressed – A brief history of Underwear. V and A Museum

This exhibition explores the intimate relationship between underwear and fashion and its role in moulding the body to a fashionable ideal, with cut, fit, fabric and decoration revealing issues of gender, sex and morality. Exhibition details 

Crimean gold artefacts must go back to Ukraine, Dutch court rules

Kiev argued for return of treasures, which were on loan to Amsterdam museum when Russia seized the peninsula in 2014. A priceless collection of gold artefacts from Crimea that was on loan to a Dutch museum when Russia seized the peninsula must be returned to Ukraine and not Crimea, a Dutch court has ruled, in…

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…

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