African Jewellery, photographed by Angela Fisher & Carol Beckwith

October 7, 2012 | No Comments

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder
This week I was surfing on the internet and couldn’t take my eyes off the beautiful pictures made by Angela Fisher and Carol Beckwith (African Ark, Africa Adorned), more over than thirty years ago. Photos that give an intimate look inside several African cultures and show all the aesthetic jewels in their natural surrounding. The pictures become even more interesting as soon as you realize that within the local communities everyone is able to ‘read’ the social information of a specific person in a split second by the jewels. For example which tribe, relationship status/availible for marriage? In some case even how much she is adored by men, the more necklaces the more popular…this girl is very popular!
Besides all of this I am also always so impressed by the beautiful colours of the glass beads, the extraordinary feeling for the forms of the jewels and the transition from jewellery to body wear, sometimes in combination with body art and the knowhow that it’s not only for beauty. Which results in a poetic relation towards the natural surrounding and age of the person on the photo.
The photos above are perhaps not all of Angela Fisher and/or Carol Beckweth. But I did found a site with many photos only made by them. Go here to have a look.

Book recommendations:‘Africa Adorned’, by Angela Fisher, hardcover, $210.‘Painted Bodies’, by Carol Beckwith and Angela Fisher, €100, ISBN 978-0847-834-051.

‘History of Beads” , by Lois Sherr Dubun, hardcover, ISBN 978-0-8109-5174-7, $75.


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Margriet Sopers

Margriet Sopers, FGA

Having a diploma in jewellery, FGA and a propaedeutic of the Academy of Art followed-up by interesting years as a jewellery expert at Sotheby's & Gemeentelijke Krediet Bank, as well as being a member for years of the Society of Jewellery Historians, I am glad to share with you today's world of jewellery.

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