When it comes to Scandinavian Viking jewelry, we cannot leave aside brooches, as they were extremely popular in their day. They were an indispensable piece of jewelry, usually used to hold clothing in place. Although their brooches came in a variety of styles, oval brooches and ring brooches were the most common. Penannular brooches were worn exclusively by men, while women wore oval brooches. Women wore them to fasten dresses, aprons or cloaks.
Large ornamental brooches in pairs were worn by women as dress clasps. The interwoven animal figures on the surface were originally brightly gilded.