Jewelry/Lapidary

Creating ornamental works from precious and semiprecious stones

Textiles, Metalwork and Art from Ottoman Empire Now at Smithsonian

The weekend before Atenveldt and Gleann Abhann’s coronations, the first-ever international exhibition devoted to imperial Turkish robes, or kaftans, dating to the 16th-17th centuries, opened at the Smithsonian Institute’s Sackler Gallery.

Touch of Wearable Whimsy

A Touch of Wearable Whimsy sells unique, handcrafted, affordable jewelry. All jewelry is made using sterling silver components gemstones and swarovski crystal. Styles of jewelry include chandelier earrings, Celtic-inspired jewelry, Pagan jewelry, gemstone jewelry, wire jewelry, and the occasional surprise.

Celtic Home & Hearth

Celtic Home & Hearth sells Celtic and Renaissance merchandise such as Celtic and Renaissance Bridal jewelry, Wedding items (cake toppers, toasting glass, lucky six pence, Celtic bridal veils, etc.), Celtic sterling and gold jewelry, puppets, Celtic cross stitch kits and cross stitch patterns, cloaks, shirts, kilts, Celtic and Renaissance inspired T-Shirts, silk and cotton scarves, books, book bags, throws, music CDs, bodhrans, tin whistles, chanters, Celtic baby items, collectibles, and even canned haggis!

Odds 'n' Sods for Re-enactors

Odds'n'Sods is based in Australia, and they sell all items of embellishments from braid to aglets, charms, and buttons, plus much more. They also stock many other items that would make your re-enactment atmosphere that bit more authentic and special.

Iron Age Woman Found in Denmark

The skeletal remains of an Iron Age woman have been discovered in an ancient grave site near Copenhagen, Denmark. Believed to be from the 5th century, the woman was buried with her jewelry.

Viking hoard found in Norway by five-year-olds

While playing in their yard, three five-year-old boys from northern Norway found a silver buckle and a necklace with a dragon motif that have surprised many archaeologists. The pieces are identified as Viking jewelry and date back to 800-900 CE.

Rose & Crowne

The Rose & Crowne features fine Renaissance clothing such as bodices, chemises, tunics, capes, cloaks, mantles, and more. Handmade, leather blank journals and hard bound books are perfect for the minstrel and the cook in which to keep all your creations. They also offer their own line of cooking spices and herbs, many of them organically grown.

DeCordene Wireworks

DeCordene Wireworks is a chainmail purveyor offering armor, jewelry, fun stuff, ladies' wear, loose rings (over 370 styles), tools, custom work, specials, garage sale and miscellaneous items. The web site also offers How-To guides with a sizing chart.

Darkridge Jewels

Darkridge Jewels is a goldsmith and silversmith, and offers items of the lapidary arts as well. They feature handcrafted jewelry, crowns, and coronets.

Unique 16th Century Russian Jewelry Found

A cache of 16th Century jewelry has been found in Kaliningrad and is said to be unlike any found previously in the area.

Burnt Village Wares

Burnt Village Wares is a merchant source for all things Norse -- swords, knives, axes, spears, throwing knives & axes, chain mail, jewelry, handcrafted items, drinking horns.

Anglo-Saxon Pendant Declared Treasure

An early 7th century oval pendant discovered near West Shropshire, England, has been declared a treasure by the coroner at the Shrewsbury Coroner's Court.

Chatelaines and Brooches

We all know about the Chatelain(e) as an SCA officer who helps newcomers, but the medieval root of this name has more to do with accessorizing than acclimating. Aoife's Links this week explores the "jewelry-and-keychain variety" of chatelaine.

Scotsman Demands Return of Lewis Chessmen

Scottish nationalists are demanding the "repatriation" of the 12th century Lewis chessmen now held by the British Museum.

Brigid's Forge

Brigid's Forge is a silversmith merchant featuring Celtic, Norse, and Pagan themed jewelry and accessories. Located in the state of Mississippi, this is a family business founded in 1991.

New exhibit on cameos opens at the Met

"Cameo Appearances" will be on display at the European Sculpture and Decorative Arts Special Exhibitions Gallery of the Metropolitan Museum of Art through October 30, 2005.

Gold torc found in Nottinghamshire farmer's field

A Newark (England) farmer equipped with a metal detector has uncovered an exquisite solid gold torc worth a small fortune.

24 Hour Museum: Medieval Love Rings Promise "My Whole Heart"

A pair of 15th century "love rings" has been discovered by hobbyists in a metal detector group. The rings bear the inscription "my whole heart."

Apollonia Voss

Lady Apollonia Voss of the East Kingdom researches and creates jewelry and other arts in the Middle Ages and ancient times. Her web site has resources (book list, links list, projects, and handouts) for those interested in these topics as well as photos of her own A&S projects and her portfolio.

Steve Millingham Pewter Replicas

Steve Millingham supplies a wide range of historically-accurate pewter replicas of medieval and Renaissance jewelry and accessories, as well as some drinking vessels and other goods.

Shrewwood

Shrewwood sells uniquely carved items with an eye to the past in horn, antler, wood, leather, amber and bone. Designs are influenced by Celtic and Scandinavian Dark Age artifacts.

Talbot's Fine Accessories

Talbot's offers replica medieval jewelry and accessories, historical artifacts and antiquities, and books and pamphlets on topics on shoemaking, metalworking, and other topics.

Blackwood Jewellery

Replica jewelry, belts, garters, and other accessories are available from Blackwood Jewellery.

Fettered Cock Pewters Fine Medieval Wares

Fettered Cock Pewters sells pewter items, belts and belt fittings, games, fine jewelry in silver and gold, furniture, household goods, dress accessories and more!

Billy and Charlie's Finest Quality Pewter Goods

Billy and Charlie's Pewter offers replica medieval pewter jewelry, belt fittings, pilgrim signs, spoons, bells, whistles, and knicknacks which are cast in handmade stone molds.

Urweg

Urweg specializes in Nordic-themed items, including jewelry, hairpieces, belts, pouches and bags, and drinking horns.

Historic Enterprises

Since 1996, Historic Enterprises has been bringing high quality reproduction items to historic sites and historical enthusiasts worldwide. All of their offerings are based on historical material, and many are exact reproductions of pieces from museums and private collections. They provide an historical accuracy rating and documentation online, quick shipping, first rate customer service.

Drachenstein Treasures

Master Lothair von Drachenstein runs this jewelry shop which provides all sorts of jewelry and decorative metalwork, crowns and coronets, emblems and medallions of state for officers, and various garb accessories.

Crafty Celts

The Crafty Celts specializes in jewelry from the Celtic period of European history.

Lord of the Bling: What's on YOUR Finger?

This week's edition of Aoife's Links focuses on jewelry — especially finger rings — of the Middle Ages.