Ring Brooch Manufacturing Methods
Ring, or Annular Brooches have been used in Europe from the first
century AD. During the Middle Ages, they were the most popular and
varied brooch style. "The ring brooch was broadly speaking simplest and
least assuming of medieval brooches, since it was essentially a
practical fastener." (Lightbown, p.147) They were used to
close the necks of shirts, fasten cloaks, close purses, suspend
paternosters, and hold up aprons. They were also symbols of status,
talismans, and, if made of precious metals, important assets. They were
worn by both men and women.
Usually, I make
my replica ring brooches using the most cost effective method,
whether or not those methods are medieval. Whenever I get the
chance, though, I like to make things using accurate and
appropriate methods. I was asked by La Belle Compagnie to help
with their Distaff display of medieval material culture at the
Kalamazoo Medieval Conference, which gave me a good reason to make some more medieval pieces.
Below are three
replica brooches, based on pieces in my collection. Click on the
pictures to see how I made them.