Byzantine Gold, Garnet, Emerald, and Pearl Earrings, ca. 1100 - 1300 CE
Byzantine Gold, Garnet, Emerald, and Pearl Earrings, ca. 1100 - 1300 CE
Byzantine Gold, Garnet, Emerald, and Pearl Earrings, ca. 1100 - 1300 CE
Byzantine Gold, Garnet, Emerald, and Pearl Earrings, ca. 1100 - 1300 CE

Byzantine Gold, Garnet, Emerald, and Pearl Earrings, ca. 1100 - 1300 CE

RJ2119

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A stunning pair of elaborate gold earrings comprising an open, circular hoop, elongated woven cord connected to a crescent with applied gold spheres, garnet, and emerald inlays. A pearl hangs from each end of each crescent, while a garnet and emerald cross is suspended from each crescent's center. Finally, three fine pearl pendants are suspended below each of the crosses.

Jewelry and other luxury items worn and used by members of Byzantine society encoded complex messages about the wearer’s social status, wealth, piety, and political and religious connections. Gold, silver, pearls, and precious gemstones were not only considered beautiful but also signaled a wearer’s understanding of esoteric decorative motifs, as well as access to valuable materials and the elite artists that crafted them.  It was believed such jewelry provided contact with the numinous powers of the holy world of the saints, while simultaneously serving as public expressions of faithful piety as well as protecting their wearers against spiritual and physical evils.

Condition: Set with modern 18K gold posts for wearing, these earrings are intact and in very good condition overall. Just fabulous!

Dimensions: Length: 3 inches (7.5 cm)

Provenance: ex. professional ancient art and jewelry expert, previously with a London gallery; initially from a private British collection formed in the 1980s.

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