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  • Place of origin:

    Salamanca (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1870 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Gold filigree mounted with strings of fresh water pearls on gold wire

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Salamanca was one of the main centres for the manufacture of traditional jewellery in Spain. It was particularly famous for its filigree, often allied, as here, with seed pearls. A necklace of filigree and seed pearls together with a matching pair of earrings and brooch formed part of the aderezo, or group of jewellery appropriate to a married woman, as late as the early 20th century.

Physical description

Gold filigree and pearl necklace with matching pendant. The necklace consists of 16 open filigree rosettes alternating with S-shaped curves. In the centre is a slightly larger rosette, from which hangs a lozenge-shaped pendant. There are seven pendent pearls hanging from the lower edge of the lozenge. All the pieces are decorated with fresh water pearls which are strung on lengths of thin gold wire hooked into the surface of the filigree. The necklace is fastened by a snap clasp with a ring of pearls on its face matching those on the rosettes of the necklace.

Place of Origin

Salamanca (made)


ca. 1870 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Gold filigree mounted with strings of fresh water pearls on gold wire

Descriptive line

Gold filigree necklace with pendant, set with pearls, Salamanca (Spain), ca. 1870.


Gold; Pearl


Jewellery; Metalwork


Metalwork Collection

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