Northern European Silver Torque, late 4th century BC

Silver torque is fashioned as two thick strands of twisted wire that meet in the front in a Herakles knot. The thicker twists are augmented by a thinner strand of metal. The twists fade out towards the clasp of the torque, which is fashioned as two knobbed, U-shaped hooks that interlock at the back.


My two newest torc bracelets!

The one on the left is made by Cruzan Gold, which I got while I was away earlier this month.  It’s made of sterling silver, brass, and copper all twisted together with knots for the ends.

The one one the right is made by Wulfhund Jewlery.  This one is pewter, and takes the wolf head design on the ends from Scandinavian and Nordic designs found in ancient viking art.

There’s only one force on Earth that can short-circuit a man’s better instincts, put fire in his veins and make him dive headlong into danger with no regard for his own well-being. Vengeance, Saleem. I’m here to kill you.
—  Tony DiNozzo, straightforwardly admitting that he did not care if he lived or died, so long as he avenged Ziva’s death in the process.

Celtic Gold Ribbon Torc, found near Belfast, Co. Antrim, Ireland, c. 1200-1000 BC, Late Bronze Age Ireland

Craftsman created this torc by beating an ingot of gold into a strip of about 1 mm and twisting it to achieve the desired effect. The surface was then shallowly and elegantly fluted. The gold ribbon narrows towards the ends, where it is worked out on both sides into rods that interlock to form hooks. The hooks are capped with small, unadorned knobs.

Archaeologists have found approximately 120 ribbon torcs in Britain and in Ireland, primarily in Northern Ireland. At the end of the 2nd millennium BC, Southern Britain and Ireland were introduced to the technique of ribbon torcs in the form of imported bronze torcs. In the next millennium, the popularity of the ribbon torcs was revived.


Torc for maille-man

Once again, thanks for the frequent appreciation! It turns out we have similarly sized wrists. I made this from an 8" piece of copper pipe (“How to” will follow). It can either fit snug around the wrist or grip partly up the forearm, which is where I prefer to wear it. The runes are carved in Elder Futhark and they say, “Maille-Man” in honor of you. Wear it with pride, my friend.

Etruscan sheet gold funerary set, Circa 5th-4th Century BC

Composed of a necklace and a pair of arm torques, the necklace including nine moulded female bust pendants interspersed with groups of sheet gold buttons, recomposed and stitched to a band, the torques composed of a long slender sheet coiled with snake head terminals on either end.

The Snettisham Great Torc

c. 150 BC - 50 BC

Iron Age

the torc is made from just over a kilogram of gold mixed with silver. It is made from sixty-four threads. Each thread is 1.9mm wide. Eight threads were twisted together at a time to make eight separate ropes of metal. These were then twisted around each to make the final torc. The ends of the torc were cast in moulds. The hollow ends were then welded onto the ropes. The terminals are ornamented with embossed ridges, contrasting with areas filled by chased ‘basket-work’.

(Source: The British Museum)