I absolutely love ancient jewelry. Every time I see examples of it, I remember how much I love making jewelry.
Gold Earrings with Pearls and Sapphires
6th-7th century, Byzantine
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
A lot of the techniques used back then are the same ones we use today. It gives me a feeling of continuing a tradition.
Gold and Pearl Earrings
1st-4th century, Roman
Gold Chain Necklace with 52 Pendants
380 AD - 425 AD, Europe
Roman Gold and Glass Earrings
2nd-3rd century AD
I could look at these pieces all day! So much to be inspired by! If you'd like to see more examples, I just started a new Pinterest board dedicated to ancient jewelry at http://www.pinterest.com/kristinahenning/ancient-jewelry/