A neckpiece of rare fur from a small
animal was a popular fashion statement during the 15th and 16th Centuries.
In Italy, they were called zibellini (or zibellino if it was only one).
The head and feet was decorated with gold filigree and set with
jewels. The most popular jewels were diamonds, pearls, rubies and
emeralds. Often the head and feet were competely removed and
replaced with gold ones embellished with jewels. A length of gold
chain secured the fur piece to the girdle or bodice. This fur
collar was called a "flea-fur" because it was believed to attract
those noxious insects and contain them in one spot instead of having
them roam about a person's body!
Because each one of these animals are unique in size and color, please
contact us for a list of available flea-furs before ordering.
We rescue and restore these minks from old mink stoles, giving them
a new purpose. These flea-furs will be discontinued as soon as the our current supply is gone. As soon as they are
made they will be listed in our Etsy Shop.