Bückeburg wedding chain

Impressive necklace of faceted antique ambers, around 1850/2021

In the 19th century, traditional costume jewellery was a treasured possession, worn with pride and passed down from generation to generation. In some regions of Germany, heavy necklaces made of faceted amber were part of the typical wedding costume. Especially the Schaumburger Land at the foot of the Weserbergland west of Hanover was famous for such jewellery, the so-called "Bückeburger Hochzeitsketten". But comparable necklaces were also worn in other areas, which can ultimately only be precisely located by their magnificent clasps. This impressive necklace is a piece of jewellery made of large faceted amber stones, which were probably once part of a Bückeburg traditional costume necklace. 27 large, faceted amber beads came to us loose and now form a shimmering strand in which the impressive ambers alternate with gilded silver elements. The antique amber beads have a slightly irregular shape that still hints at the natural form of the stones, but at the same time they are faceted all around. A modern magnetic clasp makes the necklace wearable. The amber stones we have here are relatively likely the guarded property of a wealthy family from the Schaumburg region, we had them re-strung and added the intermediate elements and the clasp. Comparative examples, which date the ambers to the middle of the 19th century, can be found in the standard work by Gislind Ritz: Alter bäuerlicher Schmuck, Munich 1978, pp. 73-79.

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We want you to be 100% satisfied! That’s why we examine, describe and photograph all our jewellery with the utmost care.

If for any reason you are still not satisfied, contact us and we will find a mutual solution immediately. Regardless, you can return any item within 30 days and we will refund you the full purchase price.