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Masterpieces of Ancient Jewelry
Exquisite Objects from the Cradle of Civilization


Necklace from Mesopotamia
Susa, 3600 to 310 B.C.E.
Limestone, shale
Musée du Louvre

Byzantine Necklace with Cross Pendant
Byzantium, 6th to 7th century C.E.
Gold, Oriental pearls, emerald, sapphire, garnet, spinel, amethyst, colored glass
Private Collection

Islamic Hair Ornaments
Iran, 12th to 13th century C.E.
Gold, bronze core, and originally, colored cloth
The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Planting the Seeds

Byzantine Bracelet
Byzantium, late 6th to early 7th century C.E.
Gold
Private Collection