Silvermuseet uses a stylized ‘Mary ornament’ as its logo.
The ornament is an Ave Maria monogram, a symbol of Jesus’ mother, and consists of a Gothic ‘M’, often adorned with a crown.
This type of ornament is a common piece of jewellery used in both Nordic folk costumes and in the traditional Sámi dress.
Originally, the ornament was meant to be sewn on as part of a matching pair lining each side of the collar of a garment. A lacing was threaded through the ring ornaments to draw the opening together.
In traditional Sámi dress, the ring ornament was often used simply as a decoration on women’s silver collars.