22 kt gold multi-strand necklace about 43 g
Manin’s wire was used as a necklace or twisted around the wrist as a fine bracelet.
The simplicity of these links, known since at least the sixth century, lies in the fact that they are made up of tiny rings of 22 kt gold with a hollow semi-circular cross-section, soldered together; just think that 1 gram of gold could produce 12 or 15 centimetres of chain.
The exact method of manufacturing this typically Venetian chain is still unknown today, as it was made by hand and was very costly.
History tells us that the Venetians learned this craftsmanship from Constantinople, known as entercosei but more commonly as Manin or Manini.
Bold matrons, Dogaresses, noblewomen or lucky housewives of the bourgeois and popular classes were adorned with these precious threads and precious chokers, the Manin was also well endowed, and by custom every mother divided it in equal parts among her daughters who passed on this tradition to posterity; this is the reason why it is rare to find threads of a certain length, although there are examples of some length, even 50 – 60 metres. Nowadays the Manin is highly sought after by collectors.
For further information on the subject, we refer you to the book “I gioielli nella civiltà veneziana” (Jewels in Venetian civilisation) by Piero Pazzi, from which we have extracted information in this article. To request informations please click on “submit a request for this product” or call +39 041 5287549 – or Whatsapp +39 32 99 14 35 98 or send an e-mail to email@example.com all jewellery is exclusively produced in our workshop in Venice.