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“Presentosa”, a traditional piece of jewelry

The presentosa is a traditional handmade piece of jewelry from Abruzzo and Molise.

It is a round filigree pendant made in gold, white gold, or silver.

A beautiful Vintage Presentosa sold at Unclassic store in Campobsasso

The meaning of this unique jewel is a promise. It is a pledge, a present, that the fiancé gives to his future wife before the wedding.

The central decoration varies according to the goldsmith’s style but there is always one or two hearts, a symbol of eternal love. The two hearts can be joined by a crescent moon, which represents a wish for a happy life together. Other common decorations are a small drop of blood or a burning flame, a symbol of the passion that unites the couple.

Contemporary Presentose, still made by hand

The name was created by a famous poet from Abruzzo, Gabriele D’Annunzio, in 1894. He probably took inspiration from the Italian word presente (“present”) or presuntuosa (“presumptuous”), an adjective that is supposed to describe the attitude of a newly engaged girl, very proud of being a future bride.

The tradition of Presentosa though is older than its name, it dates back to the 18th century and it is still alive today. There are still a few goldsmiths that make these jewels by hand, mostly in the Abruzzo region. I got myself one small beautiful Presentosa last month: you definitely don’t need to get engaged to own a piece of this beautiful art!


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