Silver Solje Wedding Brooch: a beautiful large traditional Norwegian 800 silver Solje wedding brooch. The center is large and flower shaped. Six chains with rounds drop from the larger flower. The center flower is substantial and ornately etched; the drops are more simply etched. The entire piece appears to be handcrafted and made from separate elements. The drops may have been dangles on a previous generation's brooch.
The "Solje" is a traditional ornament for Norwegian weddings. Traditionally worn by a married woman, legend has it that the brooch functions as a protection from evil spirits because of its shimmer. No markings on the brooch but it is a fine piece of silver with a lovely patina. The pin is in excellent condition with a lovely patina. A collectible Norwegian heirloom, this will make the perfect bridal shower or wedding gift.
Silver was magical in Norway. The mines were thought to belong to the mountain trolls who were the best silversmiths. Silver was used as protection against storms, to heal sickness, consecrate water and more. A small silver brooch was pinned on a baby's clothing so the trolls swap it with a troll baby. Silver pieces handed down from previous generations were especially valued because of their ancestral and spiritual connections. A large sølje (brooch) on blouse gave clues to a family's wealth and higher social ranking. The silver jewelry worn by his wife and daughters was a status symbol for a farmer, as well as a way to store family wealth. Many farmers, especially in Setesdal and Telemark, became silver craftsmen to add to their incomes. This special jewelry has always been given as gifts for major events - christenings, birthdays, weddings. The brooch weighs 42 grams.
Norwegian Silver Solje Wedding Brooch