Gold from the North Sea coast

Vintage Frisian gold filigree bracelet with garnets, around 1970

Jewelry is often charged with meaning and very specific pieces were an integral part of German folk costumes until well into the 20th century. While traditional costume jewelry in southern Germany is often made of silver, gold filigree has been a specialty among the wealthy populations of the North Sea coast. The present bracelet made of gold consists of seven similar links, movably set together. It is made in the finest filigree technique, the use of which is characteristic for the jewellery of the wealthy Frisian population. Shining flower ornaments, in the center of each of which a deep red garnet shines, decorate the links and give them a particularly rich appearance. Presumably, the bracelet is a traditional bridal jewelry. Even today, you can imagine the bracelet on the wrist of a lady, whether for a wedding, country house costume or just because, it has lost nothing of its beauty. In addition, it holds securely on the arm, as two safety yokes and a solid box lock prevent it from getting lost. Since the bracelet is beautifully preserved, it promises to give pleasure to many generations to come!

Silver and gold have always played an important role for the Frisians, since Charlemagne - according to legend - allowed them to drape themselves in gold from head to toe, as much as they could carry, without paying taxes on it. So it is not surprising that Countess Anna of East Frisia, otherwise known for her strict morals and modesty, in 1545 issued a police order virtually demanding that the luxurious East Frisian nobles display their wealth in public. And the East Frisians comply. Women's costumes are created over and over decorated with gold plates connected with hinges, studded with precious gems. Even stockings and shoes were studded with gold and sometimes a belt is said to have weighed two pounds alone. During the reign of Count Ulrich there was a period of prosperity in which crafts and arts flourished. Sailors and merchants brought jewellery and luxurious utensils to Friesland from their travels and also spread the technique of filigree, which had long been known in Byzantium and throughout the Far East. A second great flowering of the goldsmith's art in East Frisia occurred around 1750 with the final triumph of filigree. Precious family jewelry was created, which was passed on from generation to generation. This traditional East Frisian filigree jewelry has recurring components such as hearts, rosettes and shells of gold, but also tendrils, shuttles and crosses.

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