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Dukach avaOne of the most popular traditional jewelry pieces in Ukraine is called a “dukach”. It is a pendant of sorts and it is usually made from a coin (gold, silver, or even copper) or a religious icon. This jewelry item is often pretty massive and intricately decorated. It can be hung on a chain or ribbon as a self-sufficient piece or be a part of a necklace. Here, we’d like to show you some photos of dukach jewels from a great exhibition held in one of Ukrainian museums.


Vintage coral necklace and an elaborate silver dukach

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Opulent coral necklace with gold beads and a large silver cross

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Coral necklace with 7 silver dukaches of different size and denomination

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Gorgeous jewelry set that consists of a coral necklace with silver decorations and a silver dukach adorned with gems

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Pretty coral necklace combined with dukaches of various size and denomination, and a silver cross

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Variations of a traditional dukach made from gold coins. The one in the center is also adorned with gems. The one in the right lower corner was made in the 1st half of the 18th century

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Three gold dukaches. Two of them are made in the same style but the gems are slightly different

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Richly adorned gold and silver dukaches and a gold cross. All the items, except a dukach in the right upper corner, are made from religious pendants – dukaches could be made both from coins or religious icons

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Beautifully adorned gold dukaches with gems, about the end of the 18th – the beginning of the 19th century

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Gold dukaches made in a similar but slightly different style

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Coral necklace with silver dukach coins. Interesting pendant made from 7 silver coins, the beginning of the 20th century

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Two necklaces made from beads and silver dukach coins, the end of the 19th – the beginning of the 20th century

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Traditional Ukrainian jewelry piece called “salba”. It is made from a piece of cloth with dozens of silver coins sewn to it in rows

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Coral necklace with a silver dukach. It is made from tiny coral beads and a dukach coin. The end of the 19th – the beginning of the 20th century

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Rare jewelry pieces made from metal only. The coins are silver, the necklace itself is brass. The 19th – the beginning of the 20th century

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Dukaches of various designs made from gold and silver. Some of them are embellished with gems. The one in the left lower corner is from the 19th century; the one in the center (with blue stones) is from the end of the 18th – the beginning of the 19th century

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Gold dukaches of different styles

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Extraordinary gold dukaches of various designs. All of them are made with religious pendants instead of coins

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Gorgeous gold and silver dukaches of intricate designs

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Simpler gold and silver dukaches. Most of them are made with religious pendants instead of coins

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Gold dukaches with religious pendants. The small dukach in the center is silver

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Various traditional Ukrainian necklaces and dukaches. From the top: silver cross with precious stones, the 18th century; necklace made from smalt beads and silver coins, the end of the 19th – the beginning of the 20th century; silver dukaches on a ribbon; intricate silver dukach with glass beads, the beginning of the 20th century; coral necklace with silver beads, the end of the 19th – the beginning of the 20th century

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Silver dukach with glass beads, the beginning of the 20th century; coral necklace with silver beads, the end of the 19th – the beginning of the 20th century

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Ukrainian traditional dukach with gems, the end of the 18th century

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Coral necklace with silver dukaches, the 18th-19th century

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Turquoise necklace with a cross and 3 dukaches, the 18th-19th century

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