Collection of gold jewelry
Museum advisor: Sanja Ivančić
Gold jewelry is a typological feature of coastal Dalmatia, and examples from its hinterland are rarer. The types of objects from the collection are easily recognized as jewelry with the same global value even today. These are independent items made by master goldsmiths and bought and worn as a finished product. In the 19th century in Split and its surroundings, the cities of Trogir and Kaštela, they developed and shaped these objects with gold thread in the filigree technique, decorated with multi-layered, densely strung tiny pearls and gold granules, less often precious or semi-precious stones.
As a rule, these are women's large objects quickly passed down and inherited from generation to generation of younger women, so even today, many examples are preserved in Dalmatian families. The most numerous types are earrings, various pendants and necklaces, brooches, and rings, which still play an essential role in wedding customs. Of course, the most impressive are objects that have passed the time, such as flickering hair pins or breast pins, which are difficult to apply in the contemporary culture of dressing and decorating.