Vesterheim’s New Exhibition Showcases Silver Jewelery and Norwegian Company Sylvsmidja |

DECORAH – Visit Vesterheim, the National Norwegian-American Museum and Folk Art School, for a new exhibit, “Sylvsmidja: Superior Craftsmanship in Silver since 1940,” opening February 5, 2022.

The exhibition features Sylvsmidja, Norway’s largest producer of silver coins for the Norwegian national costume (bunad). They have been making exquisite jewelry and accessories since 1940. Along with the company’s history, the exhibit highlights a range of traditional bunad silver styles, including the famous sølje jewelry, which matches the different regional folk costumes. from Norway. It also shows a selection of Sylvsmidja’s latest jewelry line and how their work has evolved to meet current fashions and trends.

“The Norwegian national costume, called bunad, is inspired by tradition,” said Laurann Gilbertson, chief curator at Vesterheim. “Each item of clothing has a story and a group of people it represents. Jewelry, from brooches to shoe buttons and buckles, is also steeped in history and tradition,” she added.

Goldsmiths and representatives from Sylvsmidja will visit Vesterheim and give presentations this spring. Additionally, a selection of jewelry by Sylvsmidja in the traditional and contemporary collections will be available for sale this spring in the museum shop. To verify for future program information.

This exhibition is made possible by the generous support of the Vesterheim Annual Fund from friends and members like you.

Vesterheim, the Norwegian-American national museum and folk art school, welcomes people of all ages and backgrounds to engage in the conversation about the American immigrant journey through the lens of the Norwegian experience- American. Vesterheim offers innovative and interactive exhibits, classes, and programs, both on the vibrant campus and park in scenic Decorah, Iowa, and online at and Vesterheim’s social media. For more information on exhibits, classes, programs, tours, membership opportunities, and ways to donate and volunteer, log on to 382-9681, and Vesterheim, 502 W. Water St., PO Box 379, Decorah, IA, 52101-0379.

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