Filipino Colonial Jewelry

“You should see the gold cuffs I inherited from Mama, Toto.”  a dear lady friend of Old Leyte lineage told me.

I have been fascinated with Filipino Colonial Jewelry for many years now…


  1. Micah Bracamonte said,

    February 26, 2010 at 9:36 am

    My mother has some old pieces but not pre-colonial…more spanish era…she has a couple pair of tambourine earrings..or atleast thats what some who have seen them call them..she dosent wear them so she decided to sell them to somone who would appreciate them more so far people hussle her and say they wana melt it or scrap value it my mum wouldent allow that so she hid them again eheh…i have pics of two of them if anyone might know more about these the age or value feel free to email me : ….i can send pics and maybe someone here can tell us more about the looks so intricate(thin wire work and gold balls???) it looks like it shoud be in a museum to me not melted=(

  2. September 1, 2009 at 3:59 pm

    i want to have one for my own…so cute!

  3. zippo said,

    August 28, 2009 at 9:08 am

    I remember Mrs. Marcos borrowing some of my mom’s collection of pre-colonial and colonial jewelry pieces in 1981 to be exhibited at Bloomingdale’s in New York to coincide with the opening of the “Philippine product month” in the said Department Store.

    If memory serves me right, this was about the same time Tito Boy Villegas and the Central Bank came out with the Kayamanan Book on Philippine pre-colonial and colonial Jewelry featuring the Central Bank collections and pieces owned by private collectors.

    (For the Imelda bashers out there, every single piece which my mom lent was promptly returned to her [no mine-ing happened]).


  4. Babblefish said,

    August 24, 2009 at 8:06 am

    Or Cecille Y-L. Doesn’t she have a fabulous collection?

  5. Myles Garcia said,

    August 24, 2009 at 6:57 am

    Hmmmm. I was going pa naman to give the one heirloom my dad left me…a pair of Spanish gold coin cufflinks (but turned into cufflinks and dated “1929”) on the button…to a nephew since he is the one who carries the family name.

    Maybe I’ll just put it on eBay or consign it to Sotheby’s. (It’s a bitch to put on.) Whaddya think?

  6. zippo said,

    August 23, 2009 at 5:02 am

    We need Tito Boy Villegas in this discussion thread.

    Z 🙂

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