If you’ve ever owned a piece of costume jewellery, it’s most likely to have its origins in Czechoslovakia. Gemma Redmond explains why.
Many pieces of Czech jewellery feature metalwork designs. These were often created from machine stamps, engraved so that the metal would represent elaborate and delicate fliligree work. There was a lot of technique involved in the creating of these stamps, the cutting, forming and setting of the metal, and those who produced these components were called ‘Gürtler’ or belt makers – because these were the items that were made in abundance.Read More