Types of brooches. Jewelry Dictionary

The brooch has evolved from a utilitarian clasp to a way of self-expression. It can still raise questions about its use, but there’s no doubt – among the variety of designs, shapes, colors and sizes, everyone will find a favorite. In this new article, we tell you about the types of brooches and what they are for. Fibula Fibulae are considered one of the first…

Antique style

Period: 8th century BC. – 4th century AD. For convenience, we will divide the ancient style into two parts – Greek and Roman. Let’s start with Greece! The main features of the decorations of Ancient Greece: ornaments: flowers, insects, birds, sea creatures, snakes and lions; Plots of mythology, religion, historical events, figures, gods Sacred symbols (the knot of Hercules, the crescent moon) ornamental and precious…

Malachite and all its shades

Malachite is mesmerizing and we willingly immersed ourselves in all its shades of green. The name and the deposit The name of the stone comes from the Greek word “malache,” meaning “malva,” because its color resembles the leaves of this plant. The second variant, malakos, means ‘soft’, which also describes the mineral. The mining of malachite is inextricably linked to the extraction of copper ore.…

Corals: treasures of the deep sea

Greek legend has it that coral grew from the spilled blood of Medusa Gorgon, defeated by Perseus. One type of bright red coral is called a “gorgonid. This material is devoted to the physical properties and use in jewelry of this most living of stones. The origin and physical properties of coral Coral is the fossilized skeleton of coral polyps. These bioherms are called “anthozoa,”…

Denmark jewelry. Vikings, flowers and functionalism

Old Nordic – the Viking heritage An important event in Danish jewelry history was the opening of the Nordic Museum (Nordiska museet) in 1807. The museum introduced the applied arts of the Scandinavians and inspired the jewelers to create jewelry in the style of Old Nordic, referring to the time of the Vikings. Before that time, pieces had been made according to the familiar styles…

Earring types

Congo is a ring earrings. Their variations can be found in almost any country and any era. As a rule, the clasp in such earrings is a continuation of the arc, but it can be different. For example, when the ring is a pendant. Variations of this type are Creole earrings in the form of a crescent (unclosed ring). Chandeliers, or chandeliers, are earrings consisting…

Byzantine and Celtic styles

Byzantine style Period: 395-1453 Main features: Massiveness, opulence, mixture of materials and techniques; detailed color images Antique, later Christian themes. geometrical ornamentation: spirals, palmettes, swastikas and meanderings are based on a combination of the cross, square and circle; the elements are filled with Christian symbolism; Mythological motifs: the Tree of Life, lily, laurel wreath, griffin, dove, fish, sheep, Phoenix and Syrin birds, double-headed eagle; depictions…

Jewelry Styles: Etruscan

Being able to recognize style in jewelry is a useful skill. It helps identify provenance and value, and identify cultural connections. Let’s start with the basics. What is style? Style is a set of specific attributes to characterize things. “Carriers of style” can be composition, a system of images, ideas. And jewelry, which is so interesting to us! In this material we will tell only…

Rhodonite. Rose among stones

Name and Deposits Rhodonite has a wide variety of red hues. So much so, that it begins and ends at the opposite poles of black and white. This mineral is known for its bright pink color. “Rhodonite comes from the ancient Greek ῥόδον, which means “rose. It is also known by its other name, eagle. This is the name given to the Urals rhodonite, with…

The history of the medallion

Medallions are a type of jewelry, which itself is associated with vintage and antique. Let’s talk about it in more detail! At first, medallions (or lockets) were used for more prosaic purposes: herbs, medicines, aromatic substances, elements for protection against evil spirits, etc. were carried there. If we consider that the main idea of the medallion – to contain small things, then even a bag…