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Necklace

Unknown200 BC-100 BC

The Victoria and Albert Museum

The Victoria and Albert Museum

This necklace is consisting of a gold chain strung with garnet beads. By the Hellenistic period (323-27 BC) colours became an important aspect of Greek jewellery. To achieve colour, gold was often combined with gemstones, or glass imitations, like the two green glass beads on either side of the clasp of this necklace. Garnets were most popular, but emeralds, carnelian, rock crystal, agates, onyxes or lapis-lazuli were also used. The clasp on this necklace is in the shape a gold goat's head. Animal heads were also commonly used on earrings and on bracelet terminals.
This long necklace was probably worn accross the breast.

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Details

  • Title: Necklace
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Date Created: 200 BC-100 BC
  • Location: Greece
  • Physical Dimensions: Height: 20 cm when fastened, Width: 2.7 cm, Depth: 0.6 cm
  • Medium: Gold with garnet and green glass

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