The Bura-Bura


This collection is called the 'Emas Sertali' and entails the golden jewelry worn by the people of North Sumatra, the Batak Karo people during important ceremonies such as a wedding. With the Karo house and the buffalo as the most important symbols in their adornments, it is meant to protect from evil spirits and bad luck in traditional beliefs.  The colours used in Karo designs are red, white and black. The red signifies a zest for life, a 'get-up-and-go', the colour seen in traditional clothes used in weddings, black the colour of death, and white, the colour of God's holiness.

These pieces in the ArteGia collection are dated from the 20th century and typically handmade with fine filigree decorations. The jewelry was worn both by men and women and made of silver gilt.  Nowadays, we include metal stands to beautifully portray the pieces as home decorations. 

Meaning of the Bura-Bura
The Bura-Bura is a protective necklace worn by the Batak Karo men and women during important ceremonies like a wedding. With their complex central pendants and their fine-filigree details, this necklace is one of the most impressive centerpieces within the Batak Karo culture. The shape of the main pendant is derived from ships combined with buffalo horns and the moon. All symbols to protect its wearer from evil spirits or bad luck. 

Materials & Dimensions
This statement necklace can be placed in your home as interior decoration and comes with a metal stand. The materials are silver gilt and a red cord.
Dimensions: lenght :42 cm, width: 24 cm
Total lenght on metal stand: 54 cm

For layering your necklaces have a look which length you desire. Necklace Sizes

Jewellery Care 

All our jewellery is made of sterling silver or made of sterling silver coated with 18/22-carat gold, and set with authentic gemstones. In order to ensure optimal quality, it is important to handle your jewelry with care. Therefore, we recommend taking off your jewelry while:

o Showering/washing
o Sanitizing your hands with alcohol (more specifically for rings)
o Sleeping (especially necklaces)
o Spraying perfume, oils, lotions
o Swimming
o Exercising / playing sports
o Cleaning

Additionally, store your jewellery away from the sun in a cool & dark place, if possible in something that is airtight, to avoid oxidising of the jewellery.


Our sterling silver and gold plated jewellery have a warranty of 3 months. In order for the warranty to be valid we expect you to return to us your faulty item in full, to receive a replacement. 
Please note, there is no warranty on the fading or discolouring of the gold plated jewellery.

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1-3 business days for The Netherlands
2-5 business days for Belgium & Germany
6-7 business days for Rest of Europe
6-14 business days for Rest of World
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