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Beautiful Ethiopian Jewelry

Updated on March 6, 2015
Wedding in Harar
Wedding in Harar | Source

Ethnic Jewelry

Jewelry has long been used in Ethiopia, as in many countries, as a form of investment. Giving your wife a lot of gold objects, covering her arms with bangles, shows you are rich. It is also a form of insurance, gold and gems do not get destroyed easily by fire or floods. If times are hard you can sell it.

The picture shows an Ethiopian girl dressed up for her wedding. This is from a place called Harar, in the Eastern parts of Ethiopia, and is not the most common form of jewelry. Still- very beautiful.

Of course, women have always appreciated jewelry for its beauty. Traditional jewelry has been used for certain occasions, with traditional clothes. Some basic models have been around for centuries, while others are completely new. Few people visit Ethiopia without buying a little something from a jewelry shop. it is such a part of the culture. As well as very beautiful. Have a look.

Ethiopian Silver Set - Modern style

Very often, jewelry like this is sold in a set. Necklace, ear-rings and a ring.

What about you?

Have you ever seen Ethiopian jewelry before?

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Polished Opal
Polished Opal | Source

Ethiopian Opals

Opals from Ethiopia are fairly new on the market. They are mined in the provinces of Shewa, Wello and Gondar- the northern parts of Ethiopia. If somebody claims to have a vintage opal from Ethiopia, be careful. The mining has been done since mid-90s, therefore all Ethiopian opals are new. The varieties of opal base color include white, yellow, orange, dark red, root beer, caramel. chocolate and everything in between. Ethiopian opal has attracted a small cadre of enthusiasts who have made it their sole specialty or a cornerstone of their business


Ebay has a Practical guide to Ethiopian opals .

Read more about Ethiopian opals in Modern Jeweler


Jewelry takes people's minds off your wrinkles.

Sonja Henie

An Unusual Kind of Jewelry

The Ethiopian coin with the lion head is well known. In fact, the lion is used even for certain companies, like the local buses. Maybe it comes from the title that Haile Selassie had- the Lion from the Tribe of Judah.

Ethiopian 50 cents Hamsa santeem

In Israel, Ethiopian immigrants are taught to make jewelery. This is an incentive to help them get going in life, to make a living. Have a look at YvelABSchool

Ethiopian Stamp - Turned into a necklace

This necklace is made with a used Ethiopian stamp, featuring one of the many endemic birds

Big girls need big diamonds

Elizabeth Taylor

Ertitrean silver set - Traditional style

Although this set is from Eritrea, it is also very common in Ethiopia. This kind of style is often used with traditional clothes and hair-braiding for weddings and other occasions. Available in gold and silver, in many different sizes, it is probably among the most popular kind of jewelry in Ethiopia.

What did you think about Ethiopian jewelry?

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      Renee Dixon 

      4 years ago from Kentucky

      This is also my first time seeing Ethiopian jewelry, very pretty pieces here! I love the opals, one of my favorites!

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      Camden1 

      5 years ago

      I've never seen Ethiopian jewelry - it's very striking! My favorite is the opal and emerald ring.

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      NibsyNell 

      5 years ago

      Love the coin jewellery. :)

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      Sheilamarie 

      5 years ago from British Columbia

      Very pretty jewelry.

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      Jo-Jackson 

      5 years ago

      I didn't know there was Ethiopian opal before - very lovely.

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      tfsherman lm 

      5 years ago

      What lovely silverwork!

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      cmadden 

      5 years ago

      Lovely!

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      Vikki 

      5 years ago from US

      Beautiful ;)

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      aussiejon 

      5 years ago

      Never new Ethiopian Jewelry was so stunning

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      Melissa Miotke 

      5 years ago from Arizona

      The Ethiopian opals are stunning!

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      lesliesinclair 

      5 years ago

      Me too, I like the opals very much. The stamp pendant is folksy.

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      johnsja 

      5 years ago

      Gorgeous jewelry.

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      CruiseReady 

      5 years ago from East Central Florida

      I agree - the Ethiopian opals are just beautiful!

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      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      I love the opals; beautiful!

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      WriterJanis2 

      6 years ago

      Beautiful pieces. I love the silver necklace and earring set.

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 

      6 years ago from United States

      This is all beautiful jewelry. I especially love the opals!

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      LouisaDembul 

      6 years ago

      @sunworld lm: Thanks for the info! I put a link above in the article.

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      sunworld lm 

      6 years ago

      Readers may enjoy a look at the ethnic jewelry being designed and created by Ethiopian students of Yvel's ABSchool of Jewelry & Art. Yvel is a leading Israeli manufacturer of high range jewelry.They have opened up a special school, exclusively for new immigrants from Ethiopia, in order to provide them with professional career skills and ease their integration into Israeli society. For more information on this inspiring story see: http://www.Facebook.com/YvelABSchool

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      djroll 

      6 years ago

      Beautiful opals. Thanks for sharing.

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      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      Another lovely picture of Ethiopia you are giving us with this beautiful jewelry, there's a simplicity even with the complex designs that is very attractive...lovely!

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      KarenCookieJar 

      6 years ago

      My first ever pair of earrings were made from opals.

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      miaponzo 

      6 years ago

      Wow! I LOVE this jewelry! Blessed!

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      Mary Norton 

      6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Like that quote...jewelry takes people oof my wrinkles.

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      julieannbrady 

      6 years ago

      I surely can appreciate the beautiful tribal jewelry. The opals are quite compelling!

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      Cynthia Davis 

      6 years ago from Pittsburgh

      I think Ethiopian jewelry is beautiful. You've featured lovely pieces, too. Angel Blessings**

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      pawpaw911 

      6 years ago

      I love the Ethiopian Opals. I had a cousin whose name was Opal.

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      Edwardjames81 

      6 years ago

      THis jewellry is very beautiful. I especially like the amber, which is my wife's favourite stone. A well crafeted and easy to read lens.

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      Edwardjames81 

      6 years ago

      THis jewellry is very beautiful. I especially like the amber, which is my wife's favourite stone. A well crafeted and easy to read lens.

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      RetroMom 

      6 years ago

      Nice lens! Ethiopian jewelery is beautiful the opal rings are amazing and their beads and customary attire are out of this world.

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      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      You have put a nice collection of jewellery together, I am lucky to have a few pieces that my sister picked up while she was back packing around the world

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      Sue Mah 

      6 years ago from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

      I like the Ethiopian opals.Thanks for a very informative lens.

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      BunnyFabulous 

      6 years ago from Central Florida

      These are beautiful! I have some Ethiopian scarves but no jewelry....yet!

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      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      I absolutely love it all!!!!!!!

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      irenemaria 

      6 years ago from Sweden

      I would like to have Ethiopian Opals in Sterling silver for earrings !!!

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