Bergslagen stone -- an artifact of Swedish iron smelting until the 1800s.
Our bergslagen is gathered by permission in Swedish forest, the specially cut and polished in Sweden to reveal its beauty. IBISwoman Briana Zimmerling creates our all-sterling-silver settings for these cabochon stones. Creating a wearable memory of an older plaice and time, we hope you enjoy them.
Today bergslagen is found in glassy, gray piles in the forest of central Sweden. These slag heaps are the stony wastes from separating purer iron from iron-lace rock in the days between the Middle Ages and 1860.
The slag? It was the liquified material remaining after purer iron puddled together it was then piled in the forest and left behind.
Copper Coins from 1630's
These coins come from a world in which 17th century Sweden satisfied a post-war debt of one million dollars to Denmark. Payment was required in silver coins. Facing a coinage shortage, Sweden struck copper coins for domestic transactions starting in 1624. It was an easy decision; at the time Sweden was the worlds's largest copper producer - primarily through its copper min at Falun in the Dalarna Province. The coins in our collection are from the 1630s and were worth 1/4th öre. They were minted in either Nyköpping or Säter.
Queen Christina (b.1626-1689) (reign 1632-54) was one of the most unusual monarchs in European history. She inherited the throne at age 6 from her father killed at war. She was reared by brilliant tutors and advised to rule in a complex and dangerous polital world. Christina was called the Minerva of the North for her intellect and devotion to study, her motto: "Wisdom is the nation's support."
Steamship Tokens 1880-1940's
Wear artifacts of a bygone era in the form of these Swedish steamship tokens, 1885-1940. You'll get questions and comments -- and you can reply with the stories of these lightweight metal stampings. Carried in pockets and handbags throughout the Stockholm area islands, steamship tokens were passed hand to hand in exchange for passage aboard the sturdy ships that changed life there. Family connections, friendships, trade, community geography -- all of them were reshaped when the waters were plied by comparatively powerful boats that called at piers and ports. Now on your neckline or at your ears, these tokens are the real items -- not likenesses. Produced in many delightful and eye catching shapes and colors, these steamship tokens remind as well as adorn.