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Outfits >>> Replicas >>> "Butterfly" earrings

From:
Northern Russia.
Time:
1850s.
Made by
Elena Kourasheva.

This is a copy of real village earrings. Traditionally, "butterflies" were made of pearl, mother-of-pearl, beads, and horsehair. In this work, silver wire is used instead of hair.

From farmers' point of view, this earrings resembled a shape of a butterfly. "Butterflies" were the most popular type of earrings in Northern regions of Russia. They were a festive jewelry; people combined "butterflies" with fancy outfits made of silk or brocade. The size of "wings" depended on wealth of a wearer. So did a material earrings were made of (pearl or beads).


Sources (in Russian)
  1. "Russian Traditional Life" (encyclopedia). Composed by N.Sosnina and I.Shangina. St-Petersburg, 2001