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Viking brooches have been a part of Viking culture for centuries. A Viking brooch was a garment pin, which consisted of a needle and clasp - comparable to today's safety pin. The clasp was used to hold together clothing, such as a coat or cloak.
From which materials was a Viking brooch most often made at that time?
How could such a Viking brooch look like?
The most common type of Viking brooch was the oval brooch, which had a round or semicircular shape, with interlocking curves on both sides - this included, for example, the bowl brooch. Although it had a plain shape, it still stood out for its size and fine decorative patterns and sometimes raised elements, as in the case of the hump brooch. Besides the round brooches, there were also elongated or cloverleaf-shaped brooches. The cross-shaped brooch, most commonly found in Norway and Sweden, was the type of brooch that was usually decorated with intricate patterns such as knots, animals, or runes.
What other function did a Viking brooch have?
Viking brooches were used by the Vikings to mark rank and status. For example, a silver or gold brooch might have been worn by a Viking leader or noble. In some cases, they were also used as currency. In addition, some of these brooches may have also served as symbols of protection and good luck for their wearer. Others had practical functions, such as attaching and carrying needle boxes or scissors.
Viking brooches were also essential when it came to the brooch chain. The fibula necklace was a noble piece of jewelry of the Vikings. It was a chain that had a string of beads, glass stones or metal rings and was partially decorated with pendants. This was attached to two brooches that were fastened to the upper chest area of the garment. Brooch necklaces were an important part of the Vikings' identity and symbolized their attachment to their Norse mythology and culture. Often, motifs from the saga of the gods were depicted on them. Since these necklaces usually had a very personal value, they were passed down from generation to generation.
Which Viking brooches do we offer among others?
- Disc brooch
- Buckle brooch
- Bowl brooch
- Cloverleaf brooch
- Equal-arm brooch
- Canned brooch
Viking brooch - then as now a practical and beautiful clothing accessory!
Today, Viking brooches are still popular with many people around the world, both as jewelry and for their cultural significance. These brooches come in a variety of styles and designs, from classic to modern, and they are a great way to add Viking style and flair to your outfit. Whether you choose something simple or something squiggly, you can use a Viking brooch to enhance your outfit even more at the medieval market, a larp or reenactment event, or even at a carnival.