Filigree silver jewellery in Altes Land
Part of the traditional costume in Altes Land
This handmade silver jewellery was part of the traditional costume
in Altes Land. Still nowadays it is represented by female and male
tour guides (wearing the traditional costume). In the olden days it
was worn at particular events.
Originally from the east, these artistically handcrafted jewellery pieces came to Altes Land by sea.
This jewellery could be found in form of necklaces in different models at women’s necks. Depending on the design, the necklace represented the richness of the woman wearing it.
There were always six filigree sleeve buttons to be worn per sleeve. The “Brautherz” (a golden brooch with an inserted heart and seven filigree beads) belonged to a woman’s traditional costume and was pinned onto a traditional cotton cushion (Wulsttuch) worn around the neck. There were golden stripes attached to each side of the clasp of the pearl necklace, having little wholes to attach the necklace. Amber necklaces were worn together with a black velvet band during times of deep grief. This period of grief, after a death of close relatives, took one year in general.
Annette Tiedemann about her filigree silver jewellery:
This jewellery is originally handmade by my family. I love these old pieces of jewellery. They bring back old memories.