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Celtic Brooches
Article by Mark Cartwright

Celtic Brooches

Ancient and medieval Celtic cultures produced many forms of jewellery, and one distinctive category is their brooches, fibulae, and pins. Without zips and buttons, brooches were used to close items of clothing, to create a pleasing or fashionable...
Etruscan Gold Jewelry
Image by John Tuttle

Etruscan Gold Jewelry

This is a strand of a gold Etruscan necklace dating back to between 800 and 500 BCE. The last Etruscan cities officially entered the Roman Empire circa 100 BCE. This necklace was found in Italy, and it is currently on display at the Field...
Frankish Bird-Shaped Brooch
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Frankish Bird-Shaped Brooch

Frankish Bird-Shaped Brooch, second half of 6th century CE. This brooch would have been worn by a woman and is characteristic of Frankish jewelry and fine workmanship.
Major General Horatio Gordon Robley (1840-1930 CE)
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Major General Horatio Gordon Robley (1840-1930 CE)

An 1860 CE painting of Horatio Gordon Robley (1840-1930 CE) - British soldier, artist and collector of the macabre.
Byzantine Jeweled Bracelet
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Byzantine Jeweled Bracelet

Dating to 500-700 CE, this gold bracelet is elaborately decorated with silver, pearls, amethyst, sapphire, glass and quartz. The interior features opus interrasile patterns. Overall, it measures 3.8 x 8.2 cm; the strap measures 2.3 x 19.5...
Visigothic Fibula
Image by Walters Art Museum

Visigothic Fibula

This fibula (pin used for fastening a piece of clothing) is one of a pair made by a Visigothic artist out of gold over bronze with gemstones, glass and meerschaum. 6th century CE. Walters Art Museum, Baltimore, MD
Mycenaean Gold Necklaces, Dendra
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Mycenaean Gold Necklaces, Dendra

A Mycenaean gold necklace from Dendra, 15-14th centuries BCE. (National Archaeological Museum, Athens)
Body Chain Detail, Hoxne Hoard
Image by Mike Peel

Body Chain Detail, Hoxne Hoard

A detail of the central jewelled gold body chain of the Hoxne Hoard. The central stone is amethyst and surrounded by garnets. The empty settings once probably held pearls which have since decayed. Discovered in Suffolk, in the east of...
Gold Filigree Earring, Herakleia
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Gold Filigree Earring, Herakleia

Gold and glass paste pendant earring with filigree and granulation. Acropolis, Herakleia, southern Italy. 1st century BCE. (Archaeological Museum of Siritide, Policoro, Italy)
Gold Bracelet from Pompeii
Image by Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin

Gold Bracelet from Pompeii

This marvelous pair of golden bracelets were probably found at Pompeii, Italy. Roman, 1st century CE. (National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh, UK)