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Portuguese Icon Sterling Silver Filigree Necklace - Christ the King

Designer: Portuguese Filigree Artisans
Portugal

$48.00

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THE STORY

This "Christ the King" Necklace is an important Portuguese symbol. The pendant on this necklace represents the monument, Christ the King, that was built in Lisbon.  It was erected as a fulfillment of the vows made by Portuguese bishops to God, so that He would spare Portugal from World War II. 

  • 16" L with 1.5" adjustable chain and pendant being .75"L x .75"W 
  • Sterling silver filigree detail and chain
  • Handmade in Portugal in Viana do Castelo 

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.

 

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