Your reference site for silver jewelry from the Middle East

This site provides a wealth of information on traditional, nomadic and Bedouin jewelry from the Middle East and North Africa, often referred to as ethnic jewelry or tribal jewelry as well. The website is a result of almost two decades of research into traditional silver jewelry and costume. The function of jewelry in traditional society is much more than just ornamental. On this website you will find information on the long history of this jewelry, its designs, symbolism and hidden meanings. The jewelry of a woman told the story of her wealth and health, her fears and her hopes, her identity and her life…the world of traditional jewelry is rich and colourful.

All examples shown are part of my own collection, unless otherwise indicated, and are not for sale. For a list of auction houses, stores etc please see the ‘Links’-section!

Map of the main countries and regions discussed on this website