Silver Gilt Brooch with Red Coral Inset (No1)
Material: silver applied with
24ctr gold coat
Height: 3 cm Weight: 10 g
Period: first decades of the 20th century
Origin: Balkan, Adriatic Coast, probably Kotor
The brooch appertains to the type of the Balkan jewellery emerged around the middle of the 19th century and remained popular until the middle of the 20th century. This jewellery is distinguished by the combination of the newly adopted latest Western European stiles and the traditional local crafting techniques, such as filigree and granulation. Thus the intrinsic style was created, at first in the urban environment where jewelers were more open to various influences. Hence the style can be identified as urban style. Thereafter the new style was adopted in the rural environment, reflecting on the ethnographic jewellery too.The brooch is made in silver, in the combination of filigree and granulation techniques, in elaborated and meticulous manner. It is in a shape of a flower formed of many small silver wire circles each applied with a tiny silver pellet (or grain). In the center there is a red coral inset. This is a rare example of hallmarked local silver jewellery, since the most of the examples usually do not bear silver hallmarks. The marks on this piece are clearly visible on the pin on the back side of the brooch.
The silver brooch is newly applied with 24ctr gold
It the past only the most the most luxurious examples of jewellery were originally gold-plated. We introduced the novelty in our selection of local silver jewellery creating the collection of genuine and unique antique silver jewellery with newly applied gilding.
This collection was created exclusively for our Luštica Bay gallery.
All the presented dates are given to the best of our knowledge. For all further information please contact us.
For additional reading please see Balkan Silver.