Berlock Pendant, Gold Plated

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Berlock Pendant, made after a find from Dalstorp, Västergötland.

Beautiful germanic pendant with a genuine granulation. This awesome piece of traditional jewellery is decorated with soldered plaited wires and and miniature granules, just in the same way the ancient originals were made. The original was combined with two gold beads (also available at our shop). The burial was excavated in 1987 and also comprised  some fingerrings of bronce an a glass weight of a drop-spindle. Handcrafted, made from 925 silver, gold plated. Due to the work by hand slightly differences are possible. A stunning and detailed item of true craftmanship. Will be delivered in a gift box with leather thong and certificate, necklaces are sold separately. Size approx. 55mm including eyelet.

Original: Bild, Statens Historika Museum,

Tha last picture shows our Berlock pendant with suitable foxtail chain and gold beads, all sold separately.

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 These richly ornamented pendants are outstanding pieces of jewelry of the older Roman Iron Age.

At the beginning of the 1st century AD, spherical jewelry pendants became a popular accessory of the woman´s dress. In the first decades they were spreaded in an area between eastern Germany and Bohemia (Type I). The later Types II and III are also found in Poland, Scandinavia and northern Germany, they were in use until the end of the 2nd century AD.

In nearly all cases, Berlock pendants from excaveted burials came from an adult woman´s grave. They are interpreted as a kind of status symbol, maybe for a married woman or a mother after childbirth. They can also been given as a dowry or a morning gift after the marriage. Traces at the eyelets are a sign for a long, intensive time of use. The frequent combination with other precious burial gifs or imported roman objects point out that the bearers belonged to the germanic upper class.

Berlock pendants usually consisted of gold, sometimes also of silver. In some cases they are combined with beads of gold (e.g. Dalstorp), and were worn at a short cord around the neck. The finest pieces were worn at foxtail necklaces with richly ornamentes s-shaped clasps.

K. Andersson, Gold des Nordens, Stuttgart 2008
A. v. Müller, Die birnen- und kugelförmigen Anhänger der älteren römischen Kaiserzeit, IN: Offa, Band 15, Neumünster 1956

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