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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Tibetan Ga’u By Leonor Arno

Tibetan Ga’u By Leonor Arno

The charm box pendant called the ga’u originated in Tibet. This sort of jewellery is in wide use throughout the western and eastern sub-Himalayan area by tribes who follow Buddhism and others who emulate them, though the local term used to designate it varies with the group. The origin of the charm container-pendant in Tibet…

Coastal Sri Lankan 19th Century Jewellery – By Michael Backman.

Coastal Sri Lankan 19th Century Jewellery – By Michael Backman.

A significant quantity of jewellery was produced in Sri Lanka in the nineteenth and into the early twentieth century for local Ceylonese and expatriate communities. Much of it was produced in the southern coastal regions, rather than in the Kandyan interior. Many examples found their way to the United Kingdom where they often turn up…

Catacomb Saints

Catacomb Saints

Between the 16th and 19th century, by order of the Vatican thousands of ancient Roman corpses were exhumed from the catacombs of Rome.These skeletal remains were given fictitious names and were sent abroad as relics of saints. Although it is unlikely that any of the corpses were of religious significance, the remains were decorated, bejewelled…

Faouzi – Designer of Marrakech. By Sarah Corbett

Faouzi – Designer of Marrakech. By Sarah Corbett

Born in Marrakech, Faouzi is the son of a Hairdresser. He lives now as ever in the Ancient Medina of Marrakech. His working life began in the restoration of antique furnishings, his love of creative arts led him to study calligraphy. His beautifully illuminated work is highly desirable and collected in his home city and…

Trade Routes The Sahara – By Alaa Eddine Sagid

Trade Routes The Sahara – By Alaa Eddine Sagid

Since the first travel accounts of Morocco were made by Arab and European explorers during the Middle Ages the jewellery of North Africa has aroused great interest. A plethora of ethnologists, during the colonial era made journeys, during which they gathered many fine examples to create the exhibits of the European museums, notedly those museums…

What is America to me? By Carving Cat

What is America to me? By Carving Cat

Nine thousand years removed From the scenes my ancestors loved, Blue-foam beach, abalone shell What is America to me? For the early part of my life, “race” defined quite a lot of the boundaries of my world. When you grew up poor AND brown, for some people in the United States (US), it was a…

Sadhvi

Sadhvi

Around 10% of Sadhus are women, they are called Sadhvis, most women become Sadhvi following the death of their husband, so young Sadhvi are rarely seen. A Sadhvi is a Hindu holy woman, she is dedicated to achieving Moska (liberation) through meditating and contemplating Brahman. Sadhbi in sanscrit means a woman who renounces material attatchments,…

Bead Work from Oceania

Bead Work from Oceania

  AN EXAMPLE OF BEAD WORK FROM OCEANIA (C. 1920). BY TRUUS DAALDER When my husband Joost and I had reached the cut-off point for including items in my book Ethnic Jewellery and Adornment (Ethnic Art Press and Macmillan, 2009: see link www.ethnicartpress.com.au), our collecting habits did not change, and they still have not. Our…

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…

Religion, War, Trade, and Art Nouveau By Barbara Steinberg

Religion, War, Trade, and Art Nouveau By Barbara Steinberg

Where should my pencil begin to trace the historical connections that led to French Art Nouveau jewelry? The Sixteenth Century, perhaps? At that time, Popes countered the Protestant Reformation by sending Jesuit missionaries to far-off lands. The missions converted non-European peoples, so Catholic monarchs could then step in, colonize new territory, and bolster the political…

Head scratchers  – A war against vermin.

Head scratchers – A war against vermin.

This object may be unfamiliar to most people – it is a head scratcher or scratching stick (gratoir) and typical examples are shown in the accompanying pictures. I have known about their existence for a long time and occasionally seen them for sale, always expensive. They are referred to in my book (see page 25)…

Rings of the world E – I

Rings of the world E – I

A selection of rings worn around the world. So many styles, sizes, and shapes! Some to adorn and others with a purpose!

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…

Edina Rhinoplasty