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EUROMED 2021 stamps – Jewelry

Written by catpaw

July 10, 2021

EUROMED 2021 stamps are here. This year’s theme is Handicraft Jewelry of  the Mediterranean. And the stamps? They are gorgeous! 

EUROMED Postal began in 2014, and has evolved into an interesting annual competition. In the first year, participating countries issued the same design. As the years trickled by competitors seriously upped their design game. Last year’s Traditional Gastronomy of the Mediterranean produced some of the most eye popping beauties imaginable.  

Voting is over for last year and we’re just waiting to hear the results. No announcement has been made on the EUROMED Postal website as yet. COVID seems to have put cramp in so many schedules. My choice? Greece. Anthi Lygka’s series of souvenir sheets are mouth watering.  

Greece Euromed 2020 stamp entry

Anthi Lygka's third sheet of stamps Anthi Lygka's EUROMED Greece stamps

 Although I think the Greek stamps are the best designed, I’m kind of hoping Turkey wins.

Turkey's Euromed 2020 entry

This sheet makes me a bit wistful. I still miss the little Turkish restaurant that was a quick 5 min walk from my place. They’ve closed up shop now and I haven’t gotten over the loss. I used to wander down all the time for Turkish coffee and breakfast. The women who ran the shop were so wonderful and always had something special on the go. Now I’m depressing myself.  

 Previous EUROMED Postal themes 

  • 2014 Theme  “The Mediterranean” (all stamps were the same design by agreement to introduce the series)
  • 2015 Theme  “Boats used in the Mediterranean”
  • 2016 Theme  “Fish in the Mediterranean”
  • 2017 Theme  “Trees in the Mediterranean”
  • 2018 Theme  “Houses in the Mediterranean”
  • 2019 Theme  “Costumes used in the Mediterranean”
  • 2020 Theme  “Traditional Gastronomy in the Mediterranean” 

Themes for the next two years were announced recently. 2023 will highlight Underwater Fauna & Flora and 2024 National Archaeological Discoveries. 

How to Vote for your favourite EUROMED 2021 stamps

I played around with a new plugin so we can have some fun with polls and voting. That means, you get to pick your favourite for 2021. Next year, we’ll compare how our picks to the official vote. The poll is at the end of the article.  When the EUROMED voting link is posted, I’ll include it here. 

Algeria is the only country that hasn’t posted their stamps, but they are coming July 12, 2021. You might want to wait before voting. Bookmark the page and come back on the 12th to vote. 

All the EUROMED 2021 stamps

Algeria- Chemassa (broach), Skhab (ambergris necklace)

Ageria 2021 traditional jewelry 1 Algeria 2021 traditional jewelry 

Algeria Euromed FDC 2021

2 stamps, FDC

Stamp one shows a chemassa (broach) and the second a skhab (ambergris necklace)

Skhab

The “Skhab” or ambergris necklace, is a precious traditional necklace of brown or black color made for Algerian women and worn by them on occasions. It gives off good scents of musk and amber that can embalm for decades, no matter how many times it is used, the temperature of the environment or where it is kept.

The “Skhab” is used in many parts of our country, including Constantine, Tebessa, M’sila, Batna, Khenchela, Boussaâda and Guelma. It is composed of:

• Wheat flour or date grains after burning,

• The souchet, round seeds with a good smell, sold at herbalists and perfumers,

• The dried fruit of a plant not too well known in our country and that smells very good,

• Natural musk, a natural fragrance with a strong and refreshing smell,

• The clove, or what is locally called “oud” and which smells very good,

• Natural amber. Algerian Post Office

Chemassa 

Its name is derived from its shape that corresponds to the shape of the sun. It is a circle with pointed borders that represent the light that springs from the sun. It is also known as “Ibzim” (the loop) in many parts of the country. The “Chemassa” is a brooch that is placed in the collar. It is made of precious metal which is either gold or silver. It is one of the best known traditional Algerian jewels, just like the “Skhab”..  Algerian Post Office

Designer: Tayeb Laidi

Release date: July 12, 2021


Croatia – Konavle earrings

 Konavle earrings cancel for Croatia

 Konavle earrings on a EUROMED 2021 stamps

 Konavle earrings FDC

Konavle earrings sheet of 20 

1 stamp, sheet of 20, FDC, cancel

Designer: Alenka Lali (Zagreb)
Photographer: Marko Ercegovi

Welcome • Dubrovnik Museums (dumus.hr)

Release date: July 12, 2021


Cyprus – 14th to 13th century B.C.E. gold pendant

Euromed 2021  Handmade Mediterranean Jewelry cancel 

Euromed 2021  Handmade Mediterranean Jewelry stamp 

 Euromed 2021  Handmade Mediterranean Jewelry sheet of 8

Euromed 2021  Handmade Mediterranean Jewelry FDC

1 stamp, FDC, cancel, sheet of 8

…a gold pendant from the 14th– 13th century B.C.E. It was found during excavations  at Engomi and is now in the Archeological Museum in Cyprus. 
Cyprus Post Office 

Designer: Antonia Hadjigeorgiou

Release date: July 8, 2021


Egypt – necklace

Egypt EUROMED stmp 

1 stamp

“Info coming soon”

Release date: July 12, 2021


 

France – 17th century – coulas (bangle-type bracelet)

France - 17th century - coulas (bangle-type bracelet) cancel

EUROMED 2021 France - 17th century - coulas (bangle-type bracelet) on a stamp

EUROMED 2021 stamps France - 17th century - coulas (bangle-type bracelet) sheet of stamps

1 stamp, sheet of 15, cancel

Mediterranean red coral is widely used in jewelry making. In the hollow of the neck or the wrist, in earrings or in a necklace, “red gold”, reputed to bring good luck, still knows the same craze today.

Whatever its value, a piece of jewelry tells a story. It expresses a social status, a belonging to a religion, evokes a memory. This “memorial sign”, as Jean-Jacques Rousseau called it, is often part of a regional tradition.
In the 18th century, in the Arles region, future brides were offered the “coulas”, a bangle-type bracelet, in gold or silver, holding a chiseled medal. The coquetry of Arlésiennes stimulates the local silversmiths who compete in their know-how. The privileged relationship between Arles and the Order of Malta inspired them with sumptuous adornments. They revisit in particular the enamelled Maltese cross set with a diamond, to which they add a pendant in the shape of a teardrop.
A Latin cross for faith, an anchor for hope, a heart for charity, the Camargue cross created in 1926, whose ends recall the tridents of the gardians, has become the symbol of the Camargue soul.

Designer: Florence Gendre

Release date: July 12, 2021


Greece – dove earrings, gold buckle, silver gilt necklace, bridal breastplate

 Greece - dove earrings, gold buckle, silver gilt necklace, bridal breastplate cancel

Greece - dove earrings on a stamp EUROMED 2021 stampsGreece -  gold buckle on a stamp EUROMED 2021 stamps 

Greece -   silver gilt necklace on a stamp EUROMED 2021 stampsGreece -   bridal breastplate on a stamp EUROMED 2021 stamps

Euromed Greece  cover 

Greece Euromed issues souvenir sheet  

EUROMED 2021 stamps Greece - dove earrings, gold buckle, silver gilt necklace, bridal breastplate FDCs 

Greece Euromed  album

4 stamps, 2 FDCs, cancel, souvenir sheets, limited edition numbered album

Album contains stamps, FDCs & info sheet on the jewelry

  • Golden earrings with hanging doves (pigeon – depends on translation) Early 2nd c. BC (Benaki Museum)
  • Golden Buckle 6th-7th c. Mytilene Treasure, Kratigos, Lesbos (Byzantine and Christian Museum)  
  • Silver gold-plated collar with silver accessories, corals and colorful stones (Benaki Museum)  
  • Composite bridal breast ornament with silver tiles, chains and pendent crosses Aidipsos in Euboea, 19th c. (Benaki Museum)  

Designer: Eleni Apostolou

ELTA released a video showcasing the jewelry and the stamps:

Release date: July 13, 2021


Jordan – handicrafts from Jordan, Lebanon, Syria & Palestine

Jordan - handicrafts from Jordan, Lebanon, Syria & Palestine cancel

EUROMED 2021 stamps Jordan - handicrafts from Jordan, Lebanon, Syria & Palestine souvenir sheet

EUROMED 2021 stamps Jordan - handicrafts from Jordan, Lebanon, Syria & Palestine FDC

4 stamps on a souvenir sheet, FDC, cancel

The stamps include handicrafts from Jordan, Lebanon, Syria and Palestine

  • Jordanian necklace, silver chain with gemstones consisting of ruby and carp.
  • Palestinian shatweh headdress from Bethlehem whose front is covered with rows of silver coins and necklace attached to it.
  • Syrian earring is silver with gemstones.
  • Lebanese bracelet is made of carp and Ruby.
       

Designer: Partners Advertising Company

Release date: July 12, 2021


Lebanon – earings

Lebanon Euromed cancel 2021 

LibanPost in collaboration with jeweller M. Selim Mouzannar, granted  “the Couture Design Award 2016”.

FDC Lebanon Euromed cover

Designer: LibanPost in collaboration with jeweller M. Selim Mouzannar, (“the Couture Design Award 2016”)

Release date: August 24, 2021


Malta – 19th c earrings, pendant & brooch

Malta - 19th c earrings, pendant & brooch cancel showing woman wearing ornate necklace

Malta - 19th c earrings stamp EUROMED 2021 Malta - 19th c   pendant EUROMED 2021 Malta - 19th c  brooch EUROMED 2021

Malta - 19th c earrings, pendant & brooch FDC

3 stamps, FDC, cancel

  • a set of earrings ‘Tais’
  • a Maltese Cross pendant
  • seed pearl brooch 

All three 19th century pieces are made from gold, and embellished with seed pearls. These three pieces of Jewelry were displayed in the 2013 exhibition ‘Vanity, Profanity and Worship: Jewelry from the Maltese Islands’ organised by Fondazzjoni Patrimonju Malti and held at the Casino Maltese, Valletta. Maltapost Philately – EUROMED – Handicraft Jewelry in the Mediterranean (maltaphilately.com)

Designer: MaltaPost p.l.c.
Images: Fondazzjoni Patrimonju Malti

Release date: July 12, 2021


Montenegro – earrings

 Montenegro - earrings for EUROMED 2021 stamps

 EUROMED 2021 traditional jewerly

1 stamp, FDC, cancel

“earrings with the representation of oxen heads made of gold and granite, dating back to the 4th-3rd century, the Hellenic period” Pošta Crne Gore

Designer: Romana Pehar

 Release date: July 12, 2021


Morocco – earrings with rams horns called “KHORAS KBACH”

Morocco - earrings with rams horns called "KHORAS KBACH" cancel showing earlings

  earrings with rams horns called “KHORAS KBACH” cancel 

earrings with rams horns called “KHORAS KBACH”

EUROMED - earrings with rams horns called “KHORAS KBACH” 

1 stamp, FDC, cancel

The stamp reproduces the work of the artist Faissal BEN KIRAN who designed the “KHORAS” earrings using a watercolor technique on paper.
[The earing is based on} a thousand-year-old tradition that has evolved following the influences of civilizations that have succeeded each other in Morocco. City jewelry is usually made of gold or gold silver. For a long time, they are finely carved and decorated with precious stones, in Fez, Meknes, Rabat, Tangier, Marrakech and in the north in Tetouan… Rural jewelry is made of silver in various shapes, drawing its origins from the histories of the tribes. This is how Barid Al-Maghrib opted, as part of this program, for the representation of the earrings composing, among other things, the jewels that complete the outfit of the bride of Tangier or that of Tetouan. These are ram horned loops called “KHORAS KBACH” or “KHORAS ÂAMARA”. They are very ornate loops, precious by the material and the know-how. The upper part carved in rinceaux inlaid with precious stones and, the lower part begins with a cube also set, where hangs a pendant lessed with pendants and ends with a half-ring that resembles a ram’s horn. These earrings are so heavy that they are connected to the hairstyle by a chain to support them. Product: Artisanal Jewelry in the Mediterranean (philatelie.ma) 
 

Designer: Faissal Ben Kiran  

 Release date: July 12, 2021


Portugal – trumpet earring and spiral pendant earring

EuroMED 2021 - Traditional Mediterranean Jewels cancel

EUROMED 2021 stamps - Traditional Mediterranean Jewels stamp oneEUROMED 2021 stamps - Traditional Mediterranean Jewels stamp two

 EUROMED 2021 stamps - Traditional Mediterranean Jewels FDC

EuroMED 2021 - Traditional Mediterranean Jewels front EuroMED 2021 - Traditional Mediterranean JewelsInfo buletin inside

2 stamps, FDC, cancel, info bulletin

The two stamps show a Collection of Monte Molião, dating from the 5th century B.C.E, with a photograph by José Pessoa, of the Municipal Museum of Sines and a Collection of Gaio, from the 6th century B.C.E., with a photograph by Luísa Oliveira, of the National Archaeological Museum.

According to Virgil Hipólito Correia, and as mentioned on the page of this issue, “since the beginning of the metal ages, goldsmithing has been a privileged field of experimentation and a preferred means of producing prestigious objects: large solid gold jewels, which marked the end of the Bronze Age”. News (ctt.pt)

Photographers: José Pessoa & Luísa Oliveira 
Designer: Atelier Design&etc / Hélder Soares

Release date: July 9, 2021


Slovenia – Gold Earrings from the Školarice Site (Late 3rd/Early 4th Century AD)

 EUROMED 2021 stamps cancel

 EUROMED 2021 stamps Slovenia - Gold Earrings from the Školarice Site (Late 3rd/Early 4th Century AD) stamp of earings

 Slovenia EUROMED 2021 FDC

1 stamp, FDC, cancel

On the hillside above today’s Ankara road hub, one of the more affluent families from the Trieste or Aquileian agra built a Roman villa in the mid-first century. The management of the villa lasted until the middle of the fifth century, when it was destroyed by fire… 
The site called Školarice was discovered and researched in 2002, before the construction of a motorway junction. It is the most extensive complex of roman villa with its own burial site in the Slovenian part of Istria. Land of brands – EUROMED POSTAL – Handmade Jewellery of the Mediterranean (dezelaznamk.si)

 DDC_020_100_JWDQWSVVKBNIVKIHYZYMHNGHHTYDYD.pdf (eheritage.si) 

Designer: villa creativa

Release date: July 12, 2021


Spain – Mudejar art – gold and pearl earring

Euromed cancel 

  EUROMED 2021 stamps gold and pearl earring

gold and pearl earring Euromed FDC EUROMED 2021 stamps

 Euromed FDC jewelry

1 stamp, sheetlet of 6, FDC, cancel

Details coming

Release date: July 12, 2021


Tunisia – necklace, pendant, bracelet

Euromed 2021 Traditinonal European jewelry cancel 

EUROMED 2021 stamps Traditional European jewelry stamp showing ornate necklace  EUROMED 2021 stamps Traditional European jewelry showing a bracelet

2 stamps, FDC, cancel

Details coming

Release date: July 12, 2021


Turkey – Tie Pin

 Turkey - Euromed 2021 cancel

EUROMED 2021 stamps souvenir sheet from Turkey - silver earling 

EUROMED Turkey FDC

1 stamp on a souvenir sheet, FDC, cancel

Telkari (Filigree) technique, which is one of the Turkish handicraft techniques, is a decorative art similar to fine-looking lace obtained by curling, wrapping or knitting thin silver or gold wires to form various patterns or by soldering them on a metal background. Telkari is also referred to as “filigree”. Filigree is a combination of the Latin words “filium” (yarn) and “granium” (wheat).
 
The “Tie Pin” on the stamp is inspired by rumi patterns and is made by filigree technique and designed by applying inlay and embossing process in patches. The “Tie Pin” in the first day cover made using turquoise stone was inspired by palmet patterns and made with filigree technique and adorned with mosaic art. Euromed 2021 

Designers: Irmak ÇAM and Leyla AYDIN KARA
FDC designer: Asl ÖZTÜRK

Release date: July 12, 2021


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2 Comments

  1. From what I just found online, the themes you list for 2023 and 2024 are the ones announced for EUROPA, not EUROMED.

    Reply
    • You are correct.

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