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Necklace

Necklace

  • Place of origin:

    Italy (made)
    Parma (worn)

  • Date:

    1800-1867 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Garnet beads with silver terminals and purple silk ribbon

  • Museum number:

    343-1868

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

The dominant colours in Italian traditional jewellery are red and gold. Coral was the most popular material for necklaces, but garnets were also sometimes used, as here. Most Italian traditional necklaces are made of beads, in designs which have been worn for centuries.

In the 19th century Italian women usually used silk ribbons to fasten their necklaces and pendants, but these ribbons were fragile and easily destroyed. Only a trace of the purple ribbons which once fastened this necklace now remains.

This necklace was bought for £4 as part of the Castellani collection of Italian Peasant Jewellery at the International Exhibition, Paris, 1867.

Physical description

Necklace of ten graduated strings of uncut or roughly faceted garnets, with a flat pierced silver terminal at each end. Traces of a purple ribbon attached to each terminal. Thread broken.

Place of Origin

Italy (made)
Parma (worn)

Date

1800-1867 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Garnet beads with silver terminals and purple silk ribbon

Dimensions

Length: 31 cm shortest length, Width: 8.7 cm from top string to bottom string, at centre, Depth: 0.3 cm

Descriptive line

Necklace of garnet beads with silver terminals, Parma (Italy), 1800-1867.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

'Italian Jewellery as worn by the Peasants of Italy', Arundel Society, London, 1868, Plate 2
For a later example, showing the same use of multiple strands of facetted garnet beads, see:
Catalogue, ‘l'Ornamento Prezioso’, Rome/Milan, 1986, Tab.24, fig. 108

Materials

Garnet; Silver; Silk

Categories

Jewellery; Metalwork; Traditional jewellery (Europe)

Collection

Metalwork Collection

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