Introduction course

Discover the world behind your jewellery collection in short, targeted videos! This course consists of 4 classes. Each class explores a central topic in 8 episodes, totaling (over) 2 hours. The complete course is 32 colourful videos. These are available to you whenever and wherever you want: the world of jewellery is only a mouseclick away. Scroll down to learn more about the course and its extras!

Classes

History of Jewellery

In this class, we'll trace how jewellery came to look as it does today. Where do certain designs come from? How did Chinese influences end up in the Mediterranean? What is the connection between art of the Migration Period in Europe and silver jewellery from North Africa? This is a journey through time, spanning millennia and three continents.

You will gain understanding and appreciation for the huge timedepth reflected in traditional jewellery from North Africa and Southwest Asia, hear more about the many peoples living and traveling in the region, see how techniques and decoration schemes spread and above all, enjoy many fabulous pieces of jewellery along the way!

'I am enthralled with your History of Jewellery course. When does the second one start?? They are excellent, fun, clear and informative. Thanks for sharing them on line!'

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Magic and Jewellery

A class devoted to amulets, talismans and magic! Jewellery often doubles as protection. Materials, patterns and shapes are chosen for a reason, and these often go way back in history. We will see magical books and grimoires from the Middle Ages, study the meaning of numbers and colours and also see how amulets can be rendered ineffective and spells become undone. Jewellery Hogwarts, as it were.

You will see jewellery with a variety of magical capacities, learn to recognize many basic elements of protection, and see what these hopes and fears encapsulated in jewellery tell us about the lives and dreams of the women who owned these items.

'Great class, very well presented. Being an old Amazigh man, this class reminds me of several occasions where the subjects of this class were actually witnessed or even experienced.'

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Independent Women

Jewellery is a woman's savings: in this class we'll go into the value of jewellery in financial and social terms. How do household economies work, what is shadow capital and how exactly does the marriage economy fit into all this? And how do we decipher the social status of a woman by 'reading' her jewellery?

You will learn how savvy women invest and save, hear about the intracies of marriage negotiations, get a glimpse of the astounding length and width of collective mental book keeping and see how jewellery functions as communicator (including hints to a mother in law that not all is well in the marriage....)

'I absolutely love the jewellery that you show in the Money-class!'

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The scent of a woman

Objects of personal adornment are closely connected with an invisible power: that of smell. They carried aromatic substances, dispersed fragrance or were made of scented components. This was not simply a form of beautification, but also carried meaning. Scent was used to avert evil, attract blessings and to operationalize transitions in life.

In this class, we'll explore how the senses are represented in jewellery. Smell, sound and substance are all important factors, and while enjoying a sensory journey into the smells of frankincense and spices, you will be introduced to the social and spiritual values of fragrance in everyday life.

Extras

With each class, you will receive a bundle of extras!

  • 8 downloadable e-books. Each e-book contains the complete slide deck of the episode and accompanying texts, as well as plenty of room for your notes. It’s your own digital jewellery library, ready to enjoy and re-read whenever you want. The value of this e-book package is 60 euros.

  • Never stop exploring! Each e-book brings you a selection of weblinks for further reading as well as book recommendations.

  • Membership of the private Facebook-group. We discuss and learn together!

Costs

This entire course is yours to enjoy whenever you want at 80 euros.

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