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…

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….

The magazine

Melanie Eddy

Melanie Eddy

From her London studio Melanie combines traditional approaches with new applications, creating sculptural jewellery that uses geometry as a tool to explore the relationship of form to the body. An independent jewellery designer/maker with an individual style of jewellery handmade in precious metals to a very high standard she specialises in a bespoke service. Melanie…

Rene Lalique. By Sarah Corbett

Rene Lalique. By Sarah Corbett

Art Nouveau was a movement in the visual arts which was popular from the early 1890’s up to the first world war. It is viewed by some as the first self conscious attempt to create a modern style. A leading name in the field of Art Nouveau design was glass designer Rene Lalique. Born in…

Thoth: Shaman from the Lands of the Festad by Barbara Ann Steinberg

Thoth: Shaman from the Lands of the Festad by Barbara Ann Steinberg

His father was a Russian Jew; his mother came from Barbados. Their son Stephen Kaufman was born in 1959. His parents protected their family with a joyful, loving, blissful world, filled with understanding between peoples — until they went out. “I didn’t understand what people were so angry about,” he said. “To be that young…

Scarification in Africa.

Scarification in Africa.

Scarification is a permanent form of adornment which has been practised throughout history. Evidence from Saharan rock paintings suggest it’s use in 8000 – 5000 BC. By cutting the skin and manipulating the healing process or by branding, intricate designs can be created. Scarification in an indigenous context is mostly practised in Africa and Australia….

Nose Rings in Pre-Columbian Civilizations  By Barbara Steinberg

Nose Rings in Pre-Columbian Civilizations By Barbara Steinberg

Civilizations are finite. Time, climate change, conquerors, and assimilation transform peoples.  Blood mixes. Ideas meld. The center cannot hold.  Beginning around 900 BC, many cultures thrived on the central-western coasts of Peru, Ecuador, and Colombia before the rise of the Inca Empire in the 13th Century, and Francisco Pizarro’s first victory of the Spanish Conquest at…

Belarusian Ruchnik

Belarusian Ruchnik

A ruchnik is a traditional ornamental towel. This towel is a piece of textile which embodies many significant concepts within Belarusian life. In fact the ruchnik are a highly important part of the national culture. The designs of the ruchnik are a mixture of art and symbolism and are seen as representations of the threads…

Will Evans – Designer

Will Evans – Designer

Will Evans started his jewellery career as an apprentice to a master-blacksmith and has since progressed to making highly sophisticated stylish jewellery incorporating fine gold inlay. Much of his work has a linear feel to it and his distinctive use of gold inlay helps to define or even defy the form of the pieces, blurring…

Kara and Kirpan

Kara and Kirpan

  In 1699 Guru Gobind Singh, the 10th Guru of Sikhism, created the Khalsa Panth at Anandpur Sahib. This occasion transformed Sikhs into a family of soldier saints. During the transformative festival Guru Gobind Singh came out of a tent holding a sword, and challenged any Sikh who was prepared to give his life to…

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…

Susan storm .. Aka Savanna Caravan

Susan storm .. Aka Savanna Caravan

My mother wore Mikimoto and Balenciaga. She hated travelling. I am eternally peripatetic, wear Uzbeki, oud and Turkish coats. We were always embarrassed by the other. She willed me her fox fur, but I wanted her rope of Amber beads. The real legacy she left me was the eyes and nose of a savvy collector,…

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…

Designer – Angela Lovett

Designer – Angela Lovett

A little girl walks into a classroom, sits down at her desk and opens her first geography book. The pages become doors. She walks through and enchantment sets in. Morocco, Istanbul, Arabia, Africa, the Mediterranean – gleaming, sparkling, beckoning – they transport the little girl from her world of primary colors into shades of the…

News

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…