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Viking brooch chain

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Viking brooch chain - the accessory for your Viking outfit


The Viking brooch necklace was a piece of jewelry worn mostly by women in the Middle Ages and especially in the Viking Age. It consisted of two brooches that were attached to the upper chest area of the garment, and a chain that hung between them. The brooches were often made of metal and decorated with various motifs, such as animals, runes or other patterns. The chain could be made of beads, glass stones or metal rings and was often decorated with pendants as well.

Why did the Vikings wear fibula necklaces?

Brooch necklaces were an expression of style and taste, and also indicated the social status and origin of the wearer. The richer and nobler the wearer was, the more elaborate and precious his fibula necklace was. Brooch necklaces were also a symbol of attachment to Norse mythology and culture, as they often depicted motifs from the sagas of the gods and heroes. Brooch necklaces were an important part of Viking identity and were often passed down from generation to generation. The fibula chains served not only as jewelry, but also as practical accessories to fasten clothing or carry items such as knives or keys.

What materials were used for brooch chains?

- Gold
- silver
- bronze
- amber
- glass
- clay
- wood

How could such a brooch chain look like?

Due to the fact that there were so many possibilities to arrange his chain, probably every chain was unique. Amber or colorful glass beads were very popular. The poor people made beads from clay or wood. Some jewelry was made of bronze, which was worn by wealthy women, but not by the social ruling class. The top of the society usually owned elaborate jewelry decorated with filigree wire - that is, grained threads or grains of gold or silver. Filigree work involved twisting or twisting together individual flat or 2-3 wires, bending them into patterns, or soldering them on. Coins were popular as jewelry, so they were simply pierced for the chain and provided with a metal eyelet.

Generally, brooch chains were symmetrical or asymmetrical (depending on your preference). One could hang one or more pendants on it, insert small metal rings between them, arrange the chain colorfully or in favorite colors. But there were also chain distributors, on which you could then hang two or 3 chains. The chains were then usually different to be even more pompous and unusual.

How valuable was a Viking brooch necklace?

Personally, of course, the brooch chain had an inestimable value. The myths and legends about Odin and the other Norse gods were sacred to the Vikings. In general, at that time, a necklace with beads testified to wealth. For example, 1 green glass bead cost about 3g of silver, which was as much as 1 knife blade or 5 kg of grain. It was therefore a valuable possession - although individual beads were generally not a means of payment in the usual sense. Whereas amber was a trade good of the Vikings and even developed into an export hit.

Which clothes does a Viking brooch necklace go with?

- clothes in the matching color, to give a harmonious image
- garments in exactly different color, to provide a contrast
- Viking overdress for women
- Viking dress for women

For who is the brooch necklace suitable in modern times?

Today, brooch necklaces are still popular among people who are interested in Viking history and culture or want to dress in medieval style. Viking brooch necklace is a piece of jewelry that reflects the beauty of that time and adds an individual, eye-catching touch to one's clothing. Whether for the twentieth medieval market, the third carnival party or even just for the jewelry collection at home, the brooch necklace simply looks good.