This necklace is exquisite and simple. It is part of the "Minas Novas" collection by our artisans as it is a recreation of Portuguese jewelry from the end of the 18th century. This necklace was inspired by the timeless pieces displayed in National Museums in Portugal as well as private collections.
Portugal's discovery of Brazil in the 16th century revolutionized the concept of jewelry manufactured by workshops in Portugal. The jewelers started using more gold and gems, specifically colorless stones know as rock crystals. These gems later became know as Minas Novas due to its Brazilian origins.
You will wear this timeless, traditional piece all the time!
- 17" L
- Gold and sterling silver filigree detail and chain. Rock crytsal.
- Handmade in Portugal in Gondomar
More about Portuguese Filigree:
While I was in Portugal I didn't have the opportunity to visit the north were they have a strong tradition in the art of filigree jewelry. But even in Lisbon the pride of this craft was overflowing. The stunning art of Portuguese filigree has remained important over the years and is a distinct symbol of the northern regions of Gondomar, Viana do Castelo and Póvoa do Lanhoso. Every piece due to the rigor of creation, assembly and finishing requires a large amount of manual labor.
In Portugal, filigree is an essential accessory and a mark of social distinction. It is mostly used in special events such as weddings or popular festivals. The pieces we feature were made in Viana do Castelo by skilled artisans. In this region a bride wears not only an astonishing pair of the iconic sterling silver "Queen Earrings" (rumored to have been gifted to Queen Maria II during her visit to Viana and said to bring fertility to the wearer ) but also two or more gold necklaces around her neck and at least one heart-shaped pendant.
**The additional photo is of Lisbon.