In Its Place: The Risku Brooch

The sun crossing the summer sky is said to have inspired the circular design, prized by the Sami people of northern Scandinavia, Finland and western Russia.

Perhaps the most recognizable piece of jewelry worn by the Sami, the Indigenous people of northern Scandinavia, Finland and western Russia, is a round brooch known among many Sami as the risku. A circular badge surrounded by a series of small decorative discs, it has been worn for centuries by Sami men and women as a fastening for shawls and scarves. And it embodies the close relationship between the Sami and silver that dates to the Middle Ages.

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