Golden ID

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Urkerearrings|Quite big golden earrings were worn by fishermen in The Netherlands. They are all different to identify the wearer in case he drowned. With the gold his family could pay for the funeral. Today there are hardly any fishermen left in Holland thanks to the big fishing machines. Young people in Urk and the local goldsmith keep this old culture alive. Designer Ted Noten made some modern variations on the theme in 2009, but I prefer the originals with the favorite hobbies of the wearers from trucks to darts to diving. Craft Goudsmederij Romkes, Urk

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