origins and tradition
Jewellery has been manufactured in Sardinia for thousands of years, creating an incredible legacy of authentic cultural treasures. As a craft jewellery making has its roots far into antiquity. According to archaeological finds, the earliest discoveries of Sardinian jewellery dates back to 2000 BC.
In ancient times jewellery was worn as a sacred symbol; as a means of communicating with the Gods in order to elicit favours from them or to exorcise the powers of evil. For example, a black stone (obsidian) at the centre of a silver circle (a Kokku) was used to protect a newborn baby against the evil eye.
If Sardinian folklore is to be believed, elves in their enchanted abodes used to knit threads of gold and silver into a precious cloth which was richly embroidered with precious stones.
As time passed, Arab and Catalan influence in Sardinia transformed jewellery from objects of cult and religious significance into more fashionable items. In recent centuries, Sardinian jewellery has become more intrinsically linked to the traditional dress, being used to complete and adorn a costume.
The purpose of jewellery then became to identify classes in society as Sardinian men and women sought to adorn themselves with objects that emitted a sense of personality, importance, and prestige. Sardinian society was based on the institution of hierarchies and filigreed gold jewellery was an excellent display of power and wealth.
Jewellery still holds a particular significance amongst Sardinian women as as precious and sacred heirlooms which are handed them down from one generation to the next. It is still a common habit to pass jewellery from mother to daughter on the wedding day under the commitment of having to do the same with future generations. This is one of the reasons why Sardinian Jewellery has lasted the test of time.
Whatever the story, it can be guaranteed that jewellery from Sardinia carries with it part of the cultural story of a land rich with tradition and history.
The pieces produced by our artisans are fully handmade and manufactured according to the same traditional methods that have been passed down through generations of artisans. By creating a larger platform for our local craftsmen KOKKU strives to ensure that their skills will be passed down for generations to come and traditions will not be lost but protected.