Traditional Dubrovnik Jewelry Tour

Coral, Gems and Pearls

They wore them on hats, braided in hair, around a neck, or waist. They used them for protection from the evil eye, as votive gifts for a conception of a child, or just as status symbols. Local women still proudly wear a traditional jewelry, preserving skills of ancient goldsmiths for the future generations.

The medieval Dubrovnik was a goldsmithery center of the East Adriatic coast. Dubrovnik merchants owned silver and gold mines in Bosnia and Serbia, and domestic and foreign jewelers who operated in Dubrovnik become famous for the beauty and quality of their work, which included not only jewelry, but also religious objects, tableware and decorative items.

At one point in the past, it became popular to wear as much jewelry as possible, so the government was finally forced to intervene. So, in 1596 the decision was passed forbidding wearing golden necklaces and bracelets, and golden threads in fabric for women, while men were forbidden to wear cloaks with golden buckles and buttons.

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Silver and coral jewelry/concept store Clara stones, Dubrovnik

RECOMMENDATION / This tour can be extended with a walk on the city walls, cable car ride or visit to Lokrum Island.

DURATION / 2 hours (basic tour)

PRICE /  on request

MEETING POINT /  Pile gate (in front of the stone bridge that leads into the City Walls), or your preferred location. You will see a sign with your name on it.

START TIME /  on demand

LANGUAGE /  English

GROUP SIZE /  max. 8 people

Not Goldy, But Still Costly

The peculiarity of traditional Dubrovnik jewelry was the use of the Adriatic coral. Its value was always the same as the one gold had, because it was extremely hard to harvest it. It grows at depths over 60 meters below sea level, on shady sides of the Adriatic islands.

The tradition of Dubrovnik goldsmiths still exists. The last artisans shape jewelry in the traditional manner in their cramped workshops, while a major manufacturer dedicated a special line of jewelry to individual elements of traditional Dubrovnik jewelry. Filigree, cameos, precious gemstones, all of them you’ll find today in numerous jewelry shops in the city.

Discover what “kolarin” and “puca” are; learn more about coral processing in the concept store “Clara Stones”; and look at the old votive jewelry, preserved and presented in the Dominican Monastery Museum.

Traditional Dubrovnik
Jewelry Tour

DURATION / 2 hours (basic tour)

PRICE /  on request

MEETING POINT /  Pile gate (in front of the stone bridge that leads into the City Walls), or your preferred location. You will see a sign with your name on it.

START TIME /  on demand

LANGUAGE /  English

GROUP SIZE /  max. 8 people

RECOMMENDATION / This tour can be extended with a walk on the city walls, cable car ride or visit to Lokrum Island.

Coral, Gems and Pearls

They wore them on hats, braided in hair, around a neck, or waist. They used them for protection from the evil eye, as votive gifts for a conception of a child, or just as status symbols. Local women still proudly wear a traditional jewelry, preserving skills of ancient goldsmiths for the future generations.

The medieval Dubrovnik was a goldsmithery center of the East Adriatic coast. Dubrovnik merchants owned silver and gold mines in Bosnia and Serbia, and domestic and foreign jewelers who operated in Dubrovnik become famous for the beauty and quality of their work, which included not only jewelry, but also religious objects, tableware and decorative items.

At one point in the past, it became popular to wear as much jewelry as possible, so the government was finally forced to intervene. So, in 1596 the decision was passed forbidding wearing golden necklaces and bracelets, and golden threads in fabric for women, while men were forbidden to wear cloaks with golden buckles and buttons.

Silver and coral jewelry/concept store Clara stones, Dubrovnik

Not Goldy, But Still Costly

The peculiarity of traditional Dubrovnik jewelry was the use of the Adriatic coral. Its value was always the same as the one gold had, because it was extremely hard to harvest it. It grows at depths over 60 meters below sea level, on shady sides of the Adriatic islands.

The tradition of Dubrovnik goldsmiths still exists. The last artisans shape jewelry in the traditional manner in their cramped workshops, while a major manufacturer dedicated a special line of jewelry to individual elements of traditional Dubrovnik jewelry. Filigree, cameos, precious gemstones, all of them you’ll find today in numerous jewelry shops in the city.

Discover what “kolarin” and “puca” are; learn more about coral processing in the concept store “Clara Stones”; and look at the old votive jewelry, preserved and presented in the Dominican Monastery Museum.

“This was the best tour guide I have had in 10 years. Maybe it’s because she’s a history major and has lived in Dubrovnik her entire life. Definitely recommend her.”

Bill B, Tripadvisor Experience

“Excellent, interesting, amusing tour! In a crowded city Vesna found the way out crowds. Not that we missed a bit, we got much more than expected. Definitely worth every penny!”

Sandi J., Tripadvisor

“We HIGHLY recommend taking a “Walk with Vesna”. Our four hour tour of Dubrovnik Old Town was informative and fun– much like walking with an old friend, sharing stories and insights.”

Tim and JoAnne, Facebook

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