Stones from the beach

Gustaf Dahlgren, Malmö, Sweden.1863

Hallwyl Museum

Hallwyl Museum
Stockholm, Sweden

Included among Johanna’s jewellery is a relatively simple, but emotionally important, garniture comprising a bracelet, brooch and a pair of earrings. The stones, which are ordinary, different-coloured beach stones, were collected by Johanna herself from the beach at her parents’ farm Dybeck in Skåne. She’d spent her childhood summers there and returned as an adult with her own family. The bracelet was made by the goldsmith Gustaf Dahlgren in Malmö in 1863. The stones were cut into flat ovals with bevelled edges. All the stones were set à jour, which means that there is no gold behind them but, instead, only an enclosing rim.


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