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Byzantine Gold, Enamel, and Precious Stones

As the most precious of metals, gold was prized for its radiant color. The luster of gold was augmented by the addition of jewels and semiprecious stones. Goldsmiths achieved similar effects by the use of filigree and cloisonné enamel, techniques by which they fused colored glass to gold grounds.

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Ring of Michael Attaleiates

Byzantine
before 1080
enamel on gold
BZ.1947.19

Pear-Shaped Pendant

Middle Byzantine
second half of the 11th century
enamel on gold
BZ.1940.69

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