As a nomadic tribe the sami people never had the opportunity to produce jewellery by theirselves. An exception was jewellery made of pewter. This metal is so easy to work with that the Sami could draw wire which they used to embroider skin and cloth.
The sami people always got their silver jewellery by trade from Southern Scandinavia or Russia.
Silver treasures were often hidden under stones or in small caves. Still today the Sami tell many stories about ancient family fortunes which have never been found.
What we call 'Sami silver' today, is a modern expression for silver jewellery which was produced for the first time at Juhls Silverworkshop in Kautokeino in the middle of the 1960's.......