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    Staffordshire Hoard Have Been Used to Make Exquisite Jewellery



    In 2009, metal detector enthusiast and amateur treasure hunter Terry Herbert was searching for metal on farmland owned by a friend when he came across the largest hoard of Anglo-Saxon gold ever to be discovered in history -5 kilos altogether. Along with the huge amounts of gold, he also discovered 2.5 kilos of silver. The items were predominantly war-related items, some of which were parts for weapons. The hoard was thought to have belonged to the Anglo-Saxon elite -aristocracy or royalty -due to its intricate design and metalwork. Many of the gold and silver items looked as though they had been torn from other objects, such as fittings from helmets or sword belts, indicating that they were possibly trophies from war or even the spoils from a long military career, but whatever the case, the nature of the objects became apparent that their origin was more than likely a bloody and violent one. This astounding find has now become known as the Staffordshire hoard.Now, the images of the items found in the Staffordshire hoard have been used to make exquisite jewellery which encompasses the mysterious nature of Celtic art and celebrates this rare and fantastical find. The pieces are made from Cornish bronze and capture the beauty of the Anglo-Saxon artifacts. In spite of the war-like nature of the objects found, the images they were decorated with are particularly striking, in a style known as "Anglo-Saxon II". These designs consist of unusual animals intertwined around one another. Many of the objects were also inlaid with garnets, the appearance of which is replicated in the Staffordshire hoard jewellery designs through the use of red crystal or cold enamel.Jewellery and metalwork designed by the Anglo Saxon's successors, the Vikings, is similar in design and also has many striking features common to Celtic metal work and design. Vikings jewellery also based on archeological finds and incorporates coiled, twisted and spiral designs, and contained references to the gods such as Thor's hammer. These intricate, ancient and attractive designs can now be found on modern Vikings jewellery, which gives its own interpretation of the craftsmanship shared by the Vikings.These beautifully crafted pieces, which range from hair-slides to rings to belt buckles, make wonderful luxury corporate gifts suitable for clients or staff, or can be adapted to incorporate the brand name of your company. Ancient Celtic jewellery designs make excellent luxury corporate gifts, as they are long-lasting and attractively designed -making them great luxury corporate gifts with which to thank your team of staff for their hard work and dedication, or to a show appreciation for a committed customer. Anglo-Saxon or Vikings jewellery is timeless, elegant, and bound to make a good impression on those who receive it.

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