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Vintage Ethnic Jewellery & Adornment

Vintage Ethnic Jewellery (formerly Berber Jewellery) is a UK-based online gallery selling vintage ethnic adornment from North Africa, the Arabian Peninsula, Central Asia and beyond.

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Ethnic jewellery is much more than just a beautiful necklace or earrings worn to complement an outfit. The cultures from which these pieces originate use their jewellery to not only decorate or ‘adorn’ the body but also to communicate the wearer’s social status, wealth, tribal identity, religious beliefs and matrimonial status. Each person (predominantly a woman) shows her unique identity by the adornment she chooses and the way she combines these pieces together to tell her individual story. Her whole sense of ‘self’’ is communicated via her appearance. 

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The items we sell are vintage and antique pieces with an ethnic cultural background that would have been worn to communicate a message as well as to adorn the body, each one rich in motif and symbolism.

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View our collections by clicking on the boxes below.

Our Range

Our Featured Collection

Turkmen jewellery and adornment from Central Asia

What our customers say about us

A beautiful and unique silver vintage Khamsa… Great communication and fast shipping to the USA. Very happy and I will be back. These old pieces are hard to find and it’s nice to have found reputable people to purchase from."

Laura W

This seller’s merchandise is exquisite. And you receive it promptly. Totally trustworthy."

Ninon

Martin was so helpful from the very beginning of our interactions and great follow-up throughout the delivery in this very unusual covid world…The trip from the U.K. to Australia was fully tracked and visible."

Tracey M

Very easy to deal with from the States. My antique necklace was shipped very promptly and packed safely. Highly recommend this seller.

Claire

Gorgeous item! I've never seen one like it and I am thrilled I was able to purchase it. Item was well-packed and arrived safely. This was a wonderful transaction - Thank you!"

Carlotta

I love my Berber ring! It’s just as it was pictured and the size is perfect… After I placed my order my ring came well packaged, safe and much faster than I thought.

Michelle R