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Necklace with Beads and Pendants and Pair of Crescent Earrings

This beautiful necklace continues jewelry fashions developed during the Roman imperial period: the increased use of colored gemstones and of lighter, more delicate chains. Openwork beads and clasps, however, help date the piece to the early Byzantine period. The arrangement of the gemstone pendants—which are reminiscent of Christian crosses—also helps identify it as belonging to Byzantium.

Byzantine
Necklace with Beads and Pendants and Pair of Crescent Earrings
5th–6th century AD
Gold, amethysts, sapphires, emeralds, and pearls
Necklace: L. 15 11/16 in. (39.9 cm)
Earrings: H. 1 1/8 (2.8 cm) each
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, Burton Y. Berry Collection, 70.56.12 A, B1-2