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Silver Cufflinks

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Charles Delicata     For aficionados of Maltese silver, the acquisition of one more item for the collection, is always an opportunity to rejoice. Some collectors will be after a zukkariera, or a cafettiera or other big items. Others because of financial restraints or because of lack of adequate space prefer small silver items. Amongst the smaller items that go down well with collectors, are first of all the balzamini, others collect menu holders, or […]

Maltese Silver filigree

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Charles Delicata   Silver filigree is the manufacture of artistic objects using fine wire, usually silver, but sometimes also gold or base metals. With fine movements and a great deal of patience the jeweller turns the filigree wire into jewellery or other objects according to his fancy, the fashion at the time , or to clients’ specifications. Silver filigree is manufactured in various countries, particularly where manual work is not well paid, as the output […]

MALTESE SILVER ASSAY MARKS – Emmanuel Azzopardi Part 3

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Emmanuel Azzopardi comes from a renowned family of jewellers. He is a recognized authority on antique Maltese silver and jewellery, and an ardent collector of Maltese coins. He contributed to various numismatic exhibitions and assisted international numismatists in preparing catalogues on Maltese coins. In 1970 he participated in the XIII Council of Europe Exhibition on the Order of St John and in 1988 he helped in the setting up of the Central Bank of Malta […]

MALTESE SILVER ASSAY MARKS – Emmanuel Azzopardi Part 2

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Emmanuel Azzopardi comes from a renowned family of jewellers. He is a recognized authority on antique Maltese silver and jewellery, and an ardent collector of Maltese coins. He contributed to various numismatic exhibitions and assisted international numismatists in preparing catalogues on Maltese coins. In 1970 he participated in the XIII Council of Europe Exhibition on the Order of St John and in 1988 he helped in the setting up of the Central Bank of Malta […]

MALTESE SILVER ASSAY MARKS – Emmanuel Azzopardi Part 1

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Emmanuel Azzopardi comes from a renowned family of jewellers. He is a recognized authority on antique Maltese silver and jewellery, and an ardent collector of Maltese coins. He contributed to various numismatic exhibitions and assisted international numismatists in preparing catalogues on Maltese coins. In 1970 he participated in the XIII Council of Europe Exhibition on the Order of St John and in 1988 he helped in the setting up of the Central Bank of Malta […]

Silver. Why silver?

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Why silver? Silver is an extraordinary metal with remarkable properties. It is one of the earliest metals to be used by man, as it requires very simple technology to extract it. The ancient Greeks were among the first to commercialise this metal. It would be the discovery of a new seam in the Athens area which paid for a new fleet, and hence was fundamental to their very existence, and arguably that of all known […]