Category Archives: Materials for adornment

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… Continue Reading

Carnelians of Gujerat by Sarah Corbett

Carnelians of Gujerat by Sarah Corbett

Carnelian has been greatly prized by many cultures. It has been a very desirable element of jewellery and adornment throughout history. Each piece of Carnelian is unique. Many cultures have attributed metaphysical properties to pieces of carnelian. It is believed by many that these semi precious stones can enhance life and help to cure many… Continue Reading

Whitby Jet

Whitby Jet

Jet is a minor gemstone which is derived from wood which has been subject to high pressure over millions of years. It is along with Amber one of two organic gem fossils. Jet has been utilised in adornment since neolithic times. The earliest known object is a carving of a damsel fly larva originating in… Continue Reading

Plumes by The Creative Museum

Plumes by The Creative Museum

In our second collaboration with the Museum of African and Asian Arts in Vichy, The Creative Museum was invited to participate in the exhibition, PLUMES. Five civilizations were featured to show how their art forms reflected each culture’s specific reverence for one emblematic bird. Through their freedom of flight, birds connected gods and man and… Continue Reading

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… Continue Reading

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… Continue Reading

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… Continue Reading