Inspiration from the past. Ancient jewelry.

October 30, 2013

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
Christie's

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/