Silver Gilt Brooch Small Ribbon Shape (No2)
Material: silver applied with 24ctr gold coat
Width: 4.2 cm Weight: 5 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 very delicate of filigree technique, in elaborated and meticulous manner. It is in a shape of a small ribbon. This shape was introduced at the beginning of the 20th century following the latest European trends in jewellery design. Ribbon shape usually was used for brooches worn on a high collar near the throat according to the contemporary European fashion. Afterword it remained popular into the middle of the 20th century.
This brooch of a rather small size is made of intricately convoluted filigree. It has two layers giving a three-dimensional effect. The central part is enwrapped by very fine silver wire accentuating the look of a tied ribbon. Overall effect is a very elegant small piece of jewellery.
According to the style the brooch can be dated at 1930’s – 1940’s.
The silver brooch is newly applied with 24ctr gold coat.
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 is created exclusively for our Luštica Bay Gallery.
For additional reading please see Balkan Silver.