Antique Bosnian Chain Bracelet Balkan Jewelry from The Ottoman Era


This is a beautiful Bosnian silver chain bracelet know locally as Belenzuka. It is from the late 19th century or early 20th century. This style of bracelet originated in Bosnia, in the former Yugoslavia and spread through the Balkans under Ottoman rule.  There are Western European bracelets and necklaces whose style echoes this type of Balkan jewelry.  

The Bosnian silversmiths were traditionally known for their fine filigree and this bracelet has a lovely front panel worked in exquisite silver filigree which has a gold gilt.  The panel hides the push pin closure and is decorated with faceted colored glass. 

There are 10 chains to this bracelet.  The bracelet may have silver content but if it there it is of quite low grade. The bracelet is in fine antique condition.

  • Length 18.5 cm or 7 1/4".
  • Wearable length is 17 cm or 6 3/4"
  • Width 5 cm or 2".
  • Weight: is 59.4 g.

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