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….

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Guedra by Sarah Corbett

Guedra by Sarah Corbett

The word Guedra represents several aspects of a form of dance which is particular to Southern Morocco, Mauritania and Algeria. The primary meaning is cooking pot, when this pot is covered with a stretched leather skin to create a drum, the drum is also known as Guedra. When the drummer plays a beat representing a…

Symbolism – Tihuna. By Sarah Corbett

Symbolism – Tihuna. By Sarah Corbett

The language of adornment The drive to adorn oneself is considered by some to be one of the most basic human drives, following closely the need to procreate and survive. The act of personal adornment is far from a simple exercise in beauty, and can communicate much about a person and their living environment. The…

The Art of Chinese Ivory Comb Carving – Jen Cruse

The Art of Chinese Ivory Comb Carving – Jen Cruse

When trade links with China were re-established in the 18th century, the earliest and largest markets were in the West. Chinese teas and silks were the prime commodities of trade with Europe and America and an increasing demand for items such as porcelains, ivories (from African elephant tusks) and fans developed over time. Primarily centered…

Collection Bestiaire and A Sense of Time – Jessica Beauchemin

Collection Bestiaire and A Sense of Time – Jessica Beauchemin

Excessive research forms an integral part of my creative work. In the Fall of 2011, a research project gave me the chance to realize a goal. I learned to work with three traditional materials of animal origin: the stingray, feathers, and mother of pearl. This project allowed me to master and integrate these materials into…

Stephanie Hamer

Stephanie Hamer

Stephanie is an emerging contemporary jewellery artist, based in Manchester. Working mainly in plastics, and exploring the use of colour, shape and pattern, she strives to create jewellery that is striking, modern and fun.  After gaining a distinction in FdA Jewellery & Applied Arts at Manchester Metropolitan University in 2011, Stephanie has developed her work into a…

Traditional clothing of Mongolia. By Sarah Corbett

Traditional clothing of Mongolia. By Sarah Corbett

  Mongolian Traditional Clothing The ‘deel’ is an item of Mongolian traditional clothing. A unisex item, which is still worn outside the major towns and cities. The ‘deel’ is not unique to Mongolia, and may also be seen worn by nomadic tribes of Central Asia. The garment is generally calf length and is fastened by…

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….

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…

Foot binding in China

Foot binding in China

For 1000 years tiny curved feet were considered the ultimate level of beauty in China. During this period around 3 billion women bound their feet. The most likely origin of the practice is from the time of Emporor Liyu ( 937 – 975 AD). Entranced by the form of the feet of a favourite dancer…

Facial Tattooing of Berber Women – by Sarah Corbett

Facial Tattooing of Berber Women – by Sarah Corbett

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 ills. In all cases Tattoos serve as a means of portraying ones identity. Within…

Ciara Bowles – Designer

Ciara Bowles – Designer

Ciara Bowles Contemporary Jewellery was started by Ciara herself in 2013. Based in East London, she creates bold, colourful statement jewellery that is influenced by her love of pattern, colour and natural form. This is her first seasonal collection, which has been influenced by the experience she has gained working for jewellers and fashion houses…

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…

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