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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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Necklace with Pendant of Aphrodite Anadyomene

Early Byzantine
early 7th Century
gold and lapis lazuli
BZ.1928.6

Marriage Belt

Early Byzantine
Late 6th-to-early 7th century
gold
BZ.1937.33

Armband with Coins of Phokas and Maurice Tiberius

Early Byzantine
First half of 7th Century CE
gold
BZ.1938.64

Octagonal Marriage Ring with Holy Site Scenes

Early Byzantine
7th Century
gold with niello
BZ.1947.15

Enkolpion with Enthroned Virgin, Nativity, Adoration and Baptism

Early Byzantine
Last quarter 6th century (ca. 583?)
gold
BZ.1955.10.1

Pendant Cross with Birds and Zoe-Phos

Early Byzantine
Late 6th Century
filigree enamel on gold
BZ.1958.40

Circular Pendant with Double Solidus of Constantine I

Early Byzantine
Medallion: 324; Pendant: ca. 370-390
gold
BZ.1970.37.1-2

Bracelet with Jewelled Clasp

Early Byzantine
Second half 4th Century (possibly 360-80)
gold and gems
BZ.1975.1

Hexagonal Pendant with Double Solidus of Constantine I

Early Byzantine
Medallion: 321; Pendant: ca. 370-390
gold
BZ.1975.6.1-2

Necklace with Pearls, Sapphires, and Plasma

Early Byzantine
early 5th century
gold and gems
BZ.1928.10

Two Decorative Pins Connected by a Chain

Early Byzantine
early 5th century
gold and gems
BZ.1928.11

Pair of Earrings with Pearls, Emeralds, and Sapphires

Early Byzantine
early 5th century
gold and gems
BZ.1928.12a-b

Pair of Earrings with Pearls and Garnets

Early Byzantine
early 5th century
gold and gems
BZ.1928.13a-b

Earring with Pearl, Ruby, and Sapphire

Early Byzantine
early 5th century
gold and gems
BZ.1928.14

Earring with Ruby and Sapphire

Early Byzantine
early 5th century
gold and gems
BZ.1928.15

Earring with Emerald and Sapphire

Early Byzantine
early 5th century
gold and gems
BZ.1928.16

Earring with Pearl, Emerald, and Sapphire

Early Byzantine
early 5th century
gold and gems
BZ.1928.17

Necklace with Pearls, Sapphires, and Emerald Plasma

Early Byzantine
early 5th century
gold and gems
BZ.1928.8

Necklace with Pearls, Emerald Plasma, and Sapphires

Early Byzantine
early 5th century
gold and gems
BZ.1928.9

Pair of Earrings with Pearls, Sapphires, and Gold Globules

Early Byzantine
Early 5th Century
gold and gems
BZ.1952.7.1-2

Marriage Ring Inscribed with Couple's Names

Early Byzantine
Late 4th or 5th Century
gold
BZ.1947.18

Reliquary of St. Zacharias

Early Byzantine
6th Century
gold and gems
BZ.1957.53

Ring

Early Byzantine
First half 10th Century
gold with pearls
BZ.1994.3.2

Bracelet with Panthers

Early Byzantine
7th century
gold
BZ.1938.66

Fragmentary Bracelet with Medallion of Emperor in a Chariot

Early Byzantine
6th century
gold
BZ.1950.37

Fragmentary Medallion of Emperor in a Chariot

Early Byzantine
6th century
gold
BZ.1950.38

Three Sections of a Necklace Set with Cabochons

Early Byzantine
Last third of 4th Century
gold and gems
BZ.1975.7

Large Pendant with Pearls and Blue Glass

Early Byzantine
Early 7th Century
glass paste on gold
BZ.1938.69.2

Necklace with Oval and Trefoil Links containing Blue Glass

Early Byzantine
Early 7th Century
glass paste on gold
BZ.1938.69.1

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