Kvarner newsletter / no 48

History and Maritime Museum of the Croatian Littoral – Rijeka
"The Golden Track" exhibition – from the past to the present

If you are interested in gold or in learning more about how goldsmithing developed in Kvarner over the centuries, we suggest a visit to Rijeka’s History and Maritime Museum of the Croatian Littoral, which until March 31 will be hosting an exhibition entitled "The Golden Track".

Until March 31, Rijeka's History and Maritime Museum of the Croatian Littoral will be hosting an exhibition dedicated to goldsmith's art and craftsmanship in the local area. The exhibition entitled "The Golden Track" presents the development of goldsmithing in the local region with special emphasis on the period from the 18th century until present.
The exhibition presents various types of jewellery through several segments following two concepts – the historical and the practical one.

The historical concept is based on various influences which, as well as in other spheres of life and art, had an impact on some systematic changes. Those familiar with the history of the local area know that art and life in general are most strongly influenced by the geographical location. The Primorje area is located between Italy and Germany, two superpowers which for centuries have had strong political influence in this part of Europe, and which have left a mark of their traditions. Venice too had particularly strong influence therefore the exhibition also focuses on items from the period of the Republic of Venice.

Although a historical view of this topic is very interesting, the other aspect of this exhibition will probably raise more interest among visitors. This part presents various women's, men's and children's jewellery with particular emphasis on Rijeka's most famous jewellery – the Morčić. However, although it is the most famous, Morčić is not the only piece of jewellery typical of this area. Before Morčić (stylised black head) came into being, the Kvarner area had a tradition of making unique jewellery: the so-called luštrini, long golden chains that were worn around the neck or waist. Some chains were several metres long. The length depended on the economic status of its owner. The luštrini played particular role in the baptism ceremony – the giver would tear off part of the chain and give it to the child.

The exhibition puts on display ca. hundred items that are considered original ancient jewellery due to their value and appearance – most of them from the museum collection.
In addition to "The Golden Track" exhibition, which presents ancient jewellery, the museum also hosts a small selling exhibition "Not all that Glitters in Gold" of jewellery that was made on creative workshops. This jewellery will be sold at affordable prices, and the entire income will be given to charity.