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  • A Welcome
    Welcome to the Ethnic Jewels Magazine Archive. This is a collection of objects and information which was shared in our Facebook communities. The information is arranged in a fully searchable database which I hope you will enjoy using Thank you for visiting and also for contributing. Warmest wishes Sarah ETHNIC JEWELS MAGAZINE
  • Bag – Senegal
    Picture credit – Adjichristine SmootPosted by – Adjichristine Smoot A small beaded cloth bag/pouch, belonging to the Bassari people of Senegal. Click here to see the original post.
  • Bazuband – Syria
    Picture credit – Annie BoehmPosted by – Annie Boehm A silver bazuband from Syria. This example is inscribed with a celebrated Shia’a invocation in the central square. Click here to see the original post.
  • Bazuband – Syria
    Photo credit – Sarah CorbettPosted by – Sarah Corbett Syrian bazuband. Most commonly worn on the upper arm. Engraved silver. Click here to see original post.
  • Beads – Senegal
    Picture credit – Annemarie KoglerPosted by – Annemarie Kogler A collection of reinforced amber, repaired amber and Senegal or du pays, from Africa. Click here to see the original post.
  • Belt – Senegal
    Picture credit – Adjichristine SmootPosted by – Adjichristine Smoot A belt made up of African trade seed beads and glass beads, used to make a loin belt worn by the Basari tribe of Senegal. Click here to see the original post.
  • Bracelet – Saharan Africa
    Picture credit – Ineke HemmingaPosted by – Ineke Hemminga A silver Tuareg bracelet, from Saharan Africa. Click here to see the original post.
  • Bracelet – Saudi Arabia
    Picture credit – Sigrid van RoodePosted by – Sigrid van Roode A silver bracelet with a coral bead to ward off evil, from Saudi Arabia. Click here to see the original post.
  • Bracelet – Senegal
    Picture credit – Annemarie KoglerPosted by – Annemarie Kogler A bracelet from the 1930’s/40’s, made of alloy of gold and silver, from St Louis, Senegal. Click here to see the original post.
  • Bracelet – Sri Lanka
    Photo credit – Michael BackmanPosted by – Michael Backman Fine, Sri Lankan silver bracelet.Sri Lanka.19th century. Click here to see original post.
  • Bracelet – Sudan
    Picture credit – Annemarie KoglerPosted by – Annemarie Kogler A silver Nubian cuff bracelet, from Sudan. Click here to see the original post.
  • Bracelet – Sudan/Uganda
    Picture credit – Kathleen McCabe-ElseyPosted by – Kathleen McCabe-Elsey A leather, ivory and giraffe hair bracelet, from Sudan or Uganda. Click here to see the original post.
  • Bracelet – Western Sahara
    Picture credit – Savanna CaravanPosted by – Savanna Caravan A silver Sahrawi bracelet, from Western Sahara. Click here to see the original post.
  • Bracelets – Western Sahara
    Picture credit – Maggie MatthewsPosted by – Maggie Matthews A matched pair silver khalikhal bracelets, from Laayoune in the Western Sahara. Click here to see the original post.
  • Breast plate – Solomon Islands
    Photo credit – Joost DaalderPosted by – Joost Daalder Breastplate (Tema, Tambe, or Tepatu). Large Tema ornament.Santa Cruz, Solomon Islands. First part of the 20th century. Click here to see original post.
  • Brooch – Sri Lanka
    Photo credit – Michael BackmanPosted by – Michael Backman Sri Lankan silver and gold brooch/pendant set, with Matara ‘Diamonds’. Coastal Regions, Sri Lanka. 19th century. Click here to see original post.
  • Cuff – Western Sahara
    Picture credit – Sarah Corbett                       Posted by – Sarah Corbett A silver Sahrawi cuff, from Layounne in Western Sahara. Click here to see the original post.
  • Cuffs – Sahara
    Picture credit – Kathleen McCabe-ElseyPosted by – Kathleen McCabe-Elsey A couple of bronze cuffs, from the Saharan region of North Africa. Click here to see the original post.
  • Fibula – Saharan Africa
    Picture credit – Ethnic EmbellishmentsPosted by – Ethnic Embellishments A Berber silver fibula, from Saharan Africa. Click here to see the original post.
  • Forehead adornment (Dala) – Solomon Islands
    Photo credit : Joost DaalderPosted by : Joost Daalder A Dala , Kapkap or forehead adornment from Roviana Lagoon, Solomon Islands. Made from organic materials available to Indigenous peoples including clam shell, turtle shell, fibre and cloth. Prior to 1908. Click here to see original post
  • Hair Comb – Sri Lanka
    Photo credit – Cordelia DonohoePosted by – Cordelia Donohoe A gold washed, tortoise shell Sri Lankan hair comb. Late 19th – early 20th century. Click here to see original post.
  • Hair pin – Sri Lanka
    Photo credit – Cordelia DonohoePosted by – Cordelia Donohoe Kondakoora hair pin from Sri Lanka. Featuring rose cut stones, probably antique zircons. Click here to see original post.
  • Hair rings – Sahara
    Picture credit – Sarah CorbettPosted by – Sarah Corbett A pair of silver Harratine hair rings, from the Saharan region of North Africa. Click here to see the original post.
  • Kitab – Saharan Africa
    Picture credit – Sarah Corbett                       Posted by – Sarah Corbett A kitab made up of a silver pendant, intricate leather work and inner papers for protection, from Saharan Africa. Click here to see the original post.
  • Neck ring – Southeast Asia
    Picture credit – Kathleen McCabe-ElseyPosted by – Kathleen McCabe-Elsey A large silver Hmong neck ring, with spirit lock, from Southeast Asia. Click here to see the original post.
  • Necklace – Saharan Africa
    Picture credit – Ineke HemmingaPosted by – Ineke Hemminga A silver Tuareg necklace, from Saharan Africa. Click here to see the original post.
  • Necklace – Saudi/Yemen
    Photo credit – Cordelia DonohoePosted by – Cordelia Donohoe A silver necklace featuring Saudi Riyals & Khamsa pendants. The style is in line with Yemeni jewellery, but could be from the border regions between Saudi & Yemen. Click here to see original post.
  • Necklace – Senegal
    Picture credit – Adjichristine SmootPosted by – Adjichristine Smoot A Bassari necklace made up of natural seed beads, from Senegal. Click here to see the original post.
  • Necklace – Senegal
    Picture credit – Annemarie KoglerPosted by – Annemarie Kogler A necklace from Senegal, dated in the 1930’s. Made up of intricate silver-gold beads combined with little Bohemian glass beads. Click here to see the original post.
  • Necklace – Senegal
    Picture credit – Annie BoehmPosted by – Annie Boehm This necklace is common in Sub-Saharan Africa, where Sufi Islam is practised. This pendant depicts a religious leader, named Serigne Abdou Khadre Mbacké, from the Mouride sect in Senegal. Click here to see the original post.
  • Necklace – Solomon Islands
    Photo credit – Joost DaalderPosted by – Joost Daalder Necklace made of trade beads, porpoise teeth, shell rings, seeds, and turtle shell spacers, from the Solomon Islands, Choiseul Island (Babatana area). This is likely to be of 19th c manufacture, or possibly very early 20th. Click here to see original post.
  • Necklace – South America
    Picture credit – Kathleen McCabe-ElseyPosted by – Kathleen McCabe-Elsey A necklace made up of Spondylus shell beads, from South America. Click here to see the original post.
  • Necklace – South America
    Picture credit – Kathleen McCabe-ElseyPosted by – Kathleen McCabe-Elsey A necklace made up of Spondylus shell and Nueva Cadiz beads, from South America. Click here to see the original post.
  • Necklace – Sri Lanka
    Photo credit – Joost DaalderPosted by – Joost Daalder Silver necklace from Sri Lanka. 19th Century. Click here to see original post.
  • Necklace/Bracelet/Hair Ornament – Senegal
    Picture credit – Annemarie KoglerPosted by – Annemarie Kogler A collection of pieces from Senegal, pre 1930’s/40’s, made of gold and silver alloy. Including a bracelet and necklace of flower baskets. Above right is a hair ornament. Click here to see the original post.
  • Necklaces – Senegal
    Picture credit – Annemarie KoglerPosted by – Annemarie Kogler Two different types of necklace, worn by the upper class ladies in the St Louis area of Seneglal. 1930’s 1940’s. Made of gold-silver alloy, usually up to 8 carat of gold. Click here to see the original post.
  • Necklaces – Western Sahara
    Picture credit – Savanna CaravanPosted by – Savanna Caravan A collection of several Saharawi necklaces with amber, carnelian and green agate beads and silver charms, from Western Sahara. Click here to see the original post.
  • Pendant – Sahara
    Picture credit – Sarah CorbettPosted by – Sarah Corbett A Tuareg pendant, from the Saharan region of North Africa. Click here to see the original post.
  • Pendant – Saharan Africa
    Picture credit – Ineke HemmingaPosted by – Ineke Hemminga A silver Tuareg ‘Korkoro’ pendant, from Saharan Africa. Click here to see the original post.
  • Pendant – South America
    Photo credit – Michael BackmanPosted by – Michael Backman Rare Colonial South American allegorical emerald and diamond pendant.Spanish Colonial or Spain. 18th century. Click here to see original post.
  • Pendant – Syria
    Picture credit – Ethnic EmbellishmentsPosted by – Ethnic Embellishments A silver Syrian/Levantine amuletic pendant. Click here to see the original post.
  • Pendant – Syria
    Picture credit – JohannePosted by – Johanne A silver amulet box pendant with glass stones and coral, from Syria. Click here to see the original post.
  • Pendants – Saharan Africa
    Picture credit – Ethnic EmbellishmentsPosted by – Ethnic Embellishments A collection of silver Tuareg cross pendants, from Saharan Africa. Click here to see the original post.
  • Pendants – Saharan Africa
    Picture credit – Ethnic EmbellishmentsPosted by – Ethnic Embellishments A collection of silver Tuareg cross pendants, from Saharan Africa. Click here to see the original post.
  • Pendants – Saharan Africa
    Picture credit – Ethnic EmbellishmentsPosted by – Ethnic Embellishments A collection of silver Tuareg cross pendants, from Saharan Africa. Click here to see the original post.
  • Pendants – Saharan Africa
    Picture credit – Ethnic EmbellishmentsPosted by – Ethnic Embellishments A collection of Tuareg “tcherot” pendants, made up of silver, copper, white metal, tin, and leather, used as wedding jewellery, from Saharan Africa. Click here to see the original post.
  • Pendants/Hair Ornaments – Saharan Africa
    Picture credit – Ethnic EmbellishmentsPosted by – Ethnic Embellishments A collection of silver and agate Tuareg cross pendants and hair ornaments, from Saharan Africa. Click here to see the original post.
  • Rencong dagger – Sumatra
    Photo credit – Cordelia DonohoePosted by – Cordelia Donohoe Woman’s ceremonial Rencong dagger from Sumatra. The handle appears to be made from ivory. Click here to see original post.
  • Ring – Mali/Niger
    Picture credit – Annie BoehmPosted by – Annie Boehm This Tuareg ring has the leading edge of the carnelian covered in silver. This style is often said to represent the turban or veiled man. Click here to see the original post.
  • Rings – Saharan Africa
    Picture credit – Ethnic EmbellishmentsPosted by – Ethnic Embellishments A collection of Tuareg rings, carnelians set in silver and a silver Mosque ring, from Saharan Africa. Click here to see the original post.
  • Rings – Saharan Africa
    Picture credit – Ethnic EmbellishmentsPosted by – Ethnic Embellishments A collection of silver Tuareg rings, including a mosque ring, from Saharan Africa. Click here to see the original post.
  • Silver beads – Spain
    Photo credit – Cordelia DonohoePosted by – Cordelia Donohoe 6 Rare vintage silver beads from the mountainous area of La Alberca, province of Salamanca in the autonomous community of Castilla y León in Spain, these beads would have been strung with lots of coral. Click here to see original post.
  • Skirt – South Sudan
    Picture credit – Terry AndersonPosted by – Terry Anderson A Dinka beaded skirt made from cow hide, from South Sudan. Click here to see the original post.
  • Temporal – Saudi Arabia
    Photo credit – Joost DaalderPosted by – Joost Daalder Temple pendants linked by a chain (“ilaqaat”), worn attached to the hair or to a veil. From Saudi Arabia, Wadi al Dawasir; early 20th c. Gold, turquoise, seed pearls, red cloth.  Click here to see original post.
  • Veil weight – Sahara
    Picture credit – Sarah CorbettPosted by – Sarah Corbett A Berber silver gilded robe weight (assrou n swoul) from the Sahara, North Africa. Click here to see the original post.
  • Veil weight – Sahara
    Picture credit – Sarah CorbettPosted by – Sarah Corbett A large articulated asrou n swoul (veil weight) in silver, copper and brass, with inlaid ebony and intricate engraved designs. From the Saharan region of North Africa. Click here to see the original post.