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Silversmiths in the viking age > The Rock Crystal Jewellery from Gotland > Silversmiths in the viking age  |  Print  |  E-mail a friend
It is through the hoards that we learn about the position of the silversmiths in society and their easy access to gold and silver, and not least the techniques.

Gold and silver were acquired from the Islamic Caliphate and from Germany, France and England. Gold did not only have the highest value, but also high prestige. We know that because so many finds of silver and bronze are gold plated.

Ornaments done with the use of twisted thread, called filigree works, comes from the Orient. Granulation comes from Russia and other Slavic cultures. From Byzantium we know the elastic chains and the niello technique stems from the Islamic cultures.
But the top favorites are indeed granulation and filigree work. Our pieces of Jewellery present both kinds. These very old techniques have been admired for their unique aesthetic and technological refinement and they were reintroduces from Western Europe and developed to high artistic skills.

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