Large Contas de Viana Beads Earrings in 925 Sterling Silver w/ 24k Gold Bath
Original Portuguese Filigree Large Contas de Viana / Viana beads Earrings (12 mm), Fashion Folk - Traditional Filigree Jewelry from Viana, Portugal - Brand-new (Unused).
Very elegant and exquisite earrings, handmade by experienced Artisans and manufactured in 925 Sterling Silver with 24k Gold Bath.
Model: Large Contas de Viana EARRINGS
Backing type: push back / stud
Material: 925 Sterling Silver
Diameter: 1.2 cm
Weight: aprox. 2.7 grams
Finishing: 24k Gold Bath
Condition: Brand-new (Unused)
Original Portuguese Traditional Filigree Jewelry - Handcrafted
Beads are the pieces of traditional gold with more distant ancestors. The specific case of the Viana beads (Contas de Viana), shows strong connection to Greek culture, Phoenician, Roman and Etruscan - the latter being the more distinctly marked in its present form.
The Viana beads (Contas de Viana), hollow, spherical and decorated with filigree applications, are pieces of timeless beauty that reflect the tradition of Portuguese jewelery.
Historically, these beads were offered to little girls from their birth, by their families, in festive days. Once they grew up to become women, they often applied their small savings - gathered mostly from agricultural sales - in purchasing aditional beads one at a time. This high emotional significance of each single bead, helps to explain the measureless woman's pride when they got to gather their beds into building their own beautiful beaded necklace to display in traditional festivities.
Filigree is a purely manual art, that requires a very patient work, imaginative and great dexterity from the artisans. This art works delicate braided metal strands (gold, silver, or other metals), placed near a source of heat so that they soften and are able to be worked by the craftsmen, who create elaborate and elegant art pieces such as pendants, earrings, bracelets, rings, necklaces and others.
This technique is a very meticulous art and the artisans who are capable of mastering it, enclosure a great pleasure in every piece they conclude.
The main poles of manufacture of the Portuguese filigree, are located in the proximity of the city of Porto - Gondomar and Póvoa de Lanhoso (Braga).
Beeing such a important part of Portugal's history and cultural heritage, filigree jewelry can be found all over the country, even in most distant cities as the counstry's capital Lisbon, or in Algarve, as Faro and Portimão.
All our jewelry has the Official Assay Office Punch insuring the manufactured metal and fineness. This mark is applied in all pieces by The Portuguese Mint and Official Printing Office, that provides the guarantee by checking the fineness of the pieces, displayed in thousandths. A fineness of 925 - the one used in our pieces - means that in 1000 units of mass of the alloy, 925 units are pure precious metal.
Your jewel will be placed and sent in a Jewelry Box (color of the box may vary).
Will be shipped in a padded envelope.
In hands and ready to ship from Portugal (Europe).
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