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A Traditional Jewellery from Abruzzo: La Presentosa

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Do you know that in Abruzzo you can find a beautiful, traditional jewellery called Presentosa?

 Presentosa is a traditional jewellery from Abruzzo a gold pendant with a very refined filigree technique. This jewellery is handmade by skilled goldsmiths.  Presentosa comes in yellow and white gold, with or without gems.

Presentosa, a traditional Abruzzo love tokenA jewellery in gold leaf and filigree work

The filigree of the jewellery represents symbols in different shapes and each shape has a different meaning: one heart in the middle means that the girl is single.

Two hearts, the girl who wears it is engaged. Two hearts joined by a crescent reversed moon shape means the girl is married.

‘Presentosa’ is an Abruzzo dialect word for ‘present’The tradition of making and giving the jewel goes back at least 200 years

Nowadays Presentosa is a gift for many different occasions and the symbols used varied: a dove is used for the baptism, communion and confirmation; a mirror is the symbol against bad luck and slanders.

Originally the Presentosa was related to the rituals of engagement, in fact it used to be offered to young women as a promise of love.

The jewellery is a perfect gift representative of the region Abruzzo and its traditions.

Originally the Presentosa was related to the rituals of engagementTraditional jewellery from Abruzzo