The Museum’s collection includes silver-gilt cloisonné disc brooches made by Frankish craftsmen during the sixth century, the period of great expansion under King Clovis (r. 481–551) and his sons. Meticulously crafted cloisonné jewelry with garnets, especially brooches, counted among the Franks’ favored adornments. Our hand enameled Medieval Disc Rosette Button Earrings, based on the original brooches, are crafted of 24K gold overlay with simulated glass pearls.
24K gold overlay, hand enameled with simulated glass pearls. 3/4'' diam. Clip.
- 24K gold overlay
- Hand enameled
- Simulated glass pearls
- 3/4'' diam.
Art HistoryThe Franks were a Germanic people who settled in the northeast corner of the Roman province of Gaul, what is now modern-day France, during the fifth century. In the early sixth century, the Franks were united politically by the famous King Clovis (r. 481–551), who extended his dominion over most of the former Roman province. The Franks were accomplished metalworkers who considered articles of personal adornment to be symbols of power and status.