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Scannese goldsmith tradition

From simple buttons to fine jewelry

Scanno's goldsmithing tradition has a particular cultural origin that has its roots from very distant times. From the 17th century, the spread of pastoralism led farmers to the realization of important heritages, derived from raising and trading flocks, mostly moving on the great sheep-track routes in the direction of southern Italy.

The condition of affluence attained soon led to the social need for the ostentation of one's possessions through objects that affirmed the luxury and wealth obtained. The task of jewelry, then, was to transmit values, express family wealth, drive away ill fortune and ill luck, and but above all adorn clothing, especially women's clothing. It is precisely from this last purpose that the renowned goldsmith history of Scanno becomes: the many families of goldsmiths, even today from generation to generation, carry on the tradition, continuing to adorn with their jewelry the fantastic costumes of the women of the village!

Of great renown is jewelry made of gold filigree, a working technique that has become particularly characteristic here. The filigree technique was originally used for the production of buttons, which were so well made that they developed into actual jewelry. Thus, over time, some jewelry-symbols have taken on a very distinctive significance.

The most renowned jewelry in the Scannese goldsmithing tradition.

These are: the Bottoniera, silver buttons placed on the bodice of the traditional Scannese woman's costume; the Presentosa the most famous, also mentioned by d'Annunzio in "Il Trionfo della morte," a large filigree star with two hearts in the middle that was traditionally given by the groom's parents to the future wife as a token of love, still representing a tribute that wishes for happiness and everlasting love. The Cicerchiata is an ancient wedding band that features a band decorated with gold beads; the Circejje , on the other hand, are large earrings with pearl pendants. And again, the Sciaquajje: earrings with swinging pendants, so called because while the woman was rinsing clothes they made a distinctive sound! The Chiacchiere then, a long necklace with gold spikes decorated with pressure, to be turned around the neck and finally theAmorino: a special brooch pendant to be given to the bride, depicting a little angel shooting a dart.

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