Brooches

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jewelry

 

In Viking society, the woman was the keeper of the household wealth.† While they did lock some of it up in chests, the woman also would wear a lot of the wealth as a display.

 

The most recognizably Viking jewelry for a woman is strings of beads suspended between your brooches.† These beads can be made of glass, bone, horn, crystal, and of course amber.† I would recommend staying away from chip amber, because I really haven't seen it in the archeological record.† Instead string pieces of amber that have been shaped into a bead.† Vikings on a budget can use glass that is the color of amber.† My wife has a bead tied to either end of her bead strands.† She puts the brooch pin through these beads when she is pinning up her apron-dress.† It seems to work rather well.

 

You can also suspend other things from your brooches.† Sewing kits, grooming kits, combs, and keys were all suspended from the brooches on chains or cords.† It not only gives a nice look, but also provides you with conversation pieces, and even a convenient place to store your needles.

 

Ring and bracelets of glass or metals are also very appropriate.†

A pair of brooches were used to hold up a womanís apron dress.† They come in a number of styles depending the region youíre from.† A pair of tortoise brooches (right) makes your outfit look Viking.† They were worn, for the most part, anywhere in the Viking world.† These brooches are dished ovals of bronze or silver with a pin on the back.† They are usually very ornate.† A pair of dog-head brooches with a single box brooch makes your outfit distinctly Gotlandic.† A quick survey of the Gotland artifacts shows 30 pages of dog-head brooches and only 5 single tortoise brooches, 20 pages of box brooches and only 1 single trefoil brooch.† Round brooches at the shoulders make your outfit Baltic or Finnish.