A wedding in Bückeburg

Impressive Necklace Of Large Faceted Antique Ambers, Circa 1890/2022

In the 19th century, traditional costume jewelry 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 known for such jewelry, 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. A piece of jewelry made of large faceted amber stones, which were once part of a Bückeburg traditional costume necklace, is the impressive necklace presented here. 25 large, faceted amber beads up to 4 centimeters in diameter and weighing a combined total of more than 250 grams came to us loose and now form a shimmering strand in which the impressive ambers alternate with gold-plated silver elements. The antique ambers have a slightly irregular shape that still suggests the natural shape of the stones, but at the same time they are faceted all around. A modern magnetic clasp makes the necklace uncomplicated to wear. The ambers here are relatively likely to be the guarded property of a wealthy family from the Schaumburg region; to us they actually came from the region. We had them rewound, adding the intermediate elements and the clasp. Comparative examples, which let us date the ambers, can be found for example in the standard work by Gislind Ritz: Alter bäuerlicher Schmuck, Munich 1978, pp. 73-79.

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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.