In the past, only noble men were allowed to wear rings as a demonstration of their social class and power in the society. Later on, married or engaged women were also permitted to wear rings, as a symbol of fidelity or marriage vows. Nowadays rings are an important part of the Sardinian culture and one of the most admired items in the traditional and contemporary outfits.
In the Sardinian tradition the earrings as a decorative item were introduced much later as only men were initially allowed to wear jewellery. The design of earrings has changed dramatically over generations, however they keep their humble origins as earrings were the most commonly used article among all classes. Earrings are an essential component of the traditional and modern Sardinian outfit.
Given the elaborate designs and value of the necklaces, only the highest society would have traditionally been able to afford them. For this reason many women would have worn a pendant instead. In Sardinian traditions pendants are still associated to the function of amulets, offering protection from negative forces or simply as a way to attract good luck. At KOKKU we strongly believe in this hence the name of our organization.
This article even though present in the modern Sardinian jewellery has a different history compared to the other articles. Despite its ancient origins, historically there was a long period that saw bracelets disappear from Sardinian costume entirely. This is mainly due to the fact that the Sardinian dress was relatively conservative in exposing parts of a woman’s body.
The use of gold or silver and the intricacy of its decoration make the necklace by far the most important ornament of Sardinian costume. Customary Sardinian culture used necklaces to identify women from different classes of the society. Nowadays their primary purpose is in enriching the feminine figure and enhancing a women’s beauty.