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Traditional jewellery

Welcome to your treasure trove of information on traditional jewellery from the Arab world, often referred to as ethnic, Bedouin or tribal jewellery as well.

The function of jewellery in traditional society is much more than just ornamental. On this website you will find information on the long history of this jewellery, its designs, symbolism and hidden meanings. The jewellery 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 jewellery is rich and colourful.

The topics you'll find here reflect over two decades of research into traditional silver jewellery and costume. Feel free to browse around, enjoy the many stories of jewellery and do not hesitate to ask me anything bejeweled!

zar pendants, Egypt
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