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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. These however are not their original names and do not reflect their nature.

The nature of jewellery goes beyond being just ornamental. Jewellery is closely interconnected with identity and the personal self, protection, status, value and history. Jewellery items are more than 'collected objects': they belong to another life, a person, a culture.

The topics you'll find here reflect over two decades of research into 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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