One of the rarest and most prized Alfajor Tamborine variants, this necklace is dated from the 17th Century and originated from the province of Batangas, a well-known tourist destination and a natural hub in the Philippines.
In times past, Filipinos, charmed by the delicate and intricate details of Filigree and Kalado (lace-like) craftsmanship, wore these to signify affluence. Both men and women wore the Tamborine as a statement piece that claimed their Religious faith.
The Sinampelipe takes its name from “Alfajor,” which is in connection with San Felipe. This magnificent piece boasts handcrafted beads on a single chain. The best description of this piece can be taken from renowned historian Ramon Villegas about antique Tamborines: “Earlier necklaces are of 18 Karat gold, constructed of flattened wire bent into cloissons, often mixed with rhomboid panels.”
By its heirloom status, this necklace timelessly adorns graceful collars of wearers from the past to wearers of today.
- 18k gold Tamborine necklace
- 17th-century artifact from the Philippines
- Chain length: 34 in
- Cross length up to center medal: 2.8 in
- Cross width: 1.75 in
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