Russian Souvenir - 7 filigree Thimbles with Finift inserts.
Handicraft Filigree and hand-painted Finift. Made by the famous Rostov Finift masters.
The Filigree made from copper and silvercovered.
Each one is 1.1 inches high.
The thimble is a symbol of happiness and fertility. Thimble give to girls and brides.
Enamel (finift) is a type of glass imbued with paint.
Enamel, from the Latin *smaltum*, a synonym of finift.
Finift, from the Greek translated as a *shining stone*.
Enamel is one of the oldest forms of decorating metal. The process was known in Ancient Egypt and througt Byzantium it was transmitted to Russia. The technique of enamel was known to have been employed in Kievan Rus way back in the 11th century.
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