Renchi di orea trahá na man

Noris brought this jewelry and told us the following: “These earrings were made by Fèchi Regales, the best-known filigree goldsmith on the island at that time. I had them made especially for the birth of my daughter who is now 54 years old. The other object is a tiepin that belonged to my grandfather. After he passed away my grandmother turned it into a brooch. The brooch is also handmade, and it contains a precious stone.”

Jewelry is often initially seen as forms of outward display. But as Noris tells above, jewelry is actually more than that. It quickly becomes a tangible reminder of a dear person or a particular period in your life. This makes jewelry par excellence objects that make our history tangible. A pair of gold earrings may not immediately tell the big story of the history of Curaçao. But on a personal level, they often confirm who you are and where you come from. They seal family ties and are of great historical value to the owners.

Although it often turns out that if you delve a little further into a piece of jewelry, there is still a bigger story behind it. For example, Noris says that these earrings were made by Fèchi Regales, one of the last goldsmiths specialized in filigree work in Curaçao. So we are looking at a piece of cultural history.

“Jewelry quickly becomes a tangible reminder.”