N for Nordiska Museet in the Blogging from A to Z challenge.
The online jewellery collection of Nordiska Museet in Stockholm is the very collection that inspired me to pick this theme for the A to Z.
In the museum, you can see 1.000 jewellery pieces in the exhibition Smycken (Jewellery). It was set up as a temporary exhibition, but when I visited last summer, I learned that it is now becoming permanent, given the success.
However, if you can’t make it to go there, or if 1.000 is not enough for you, there is this online archive with images of 10.000 jewellery pieces. 10.000! As in “ten thousand”! Did you hear me, t-e-n… t-h-o-u-s-a-n-d. If you could only read my lips!
The museum was founded in 1872 and since the start, it has collected jewellery (amongst many other kinds of things). The collection is mixed and includes also ordinary jewellery, used by ordinary people. And that is what I really like with it. It has some very unique, special pieces, but it also has the ordinary.
I’m aware it may not feel very tempting to browse a collection in a foreign language, but if you would ever be interested and if there is anything I can do to help you get over the language barrier, just let me know!
Some words are the same (silver is silver, ring is ring) or very similar (gold is guld and copper is koppar). It’s more difficult to guess that necklace is halsband and bracelet is armband.
But don’t worry, in English, you find:
- a few Highlights/Guldkorn (first choose your device: dator/computer or surfplatta/tablet, then choose information in Swedish or English)
- the Timeline, with a presentation of 23 pieces from the 16th century until the early 1980’s (available in Swedish and English).
What else can I say than ENJOY!