Silver Gilt Pendant

Silver Gilt Pendant (No1)

Material: silver applied with 24ctr gold coat  

Height: 2.8 cm Weight: 10 g

Period: late 18th – early 19th century

Origin: Balkan, Adriatic Coast


   This pendant originally used to be the part of the hairpin, and it can be dated at the late 18th or early 19th century. It is made in silver newly applied with 24ctr gold coat by electroplating.

Hairpins used to be part of the complex system of the head ornament. The fashion of elaborate and heavily adorned head ornament was most pronounced during the 18th and 19th centuries, while at the beginning of the 20th century it became more reduced following Western European taste. Women were particularly keen on their long hair being the most beautiful and natural ornament of the head. The favourite hairstyle was braid which could have been twisted forming a chignon which usually was fixed and adorned with few hairpins.

There were various types of hairpins. Mostly they were made in silver or gilt-silver. The upper part was the only decorative element, and it was in a form of a globe or apple known as pomolo”.

On this hairpin it is made in silver and it is decorated by densely arranged small silver pellets (grains) – that is the traditional technique known as granulation. The appended loop is newly added, and it is made in gilt silver. 

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.