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Gold necklace with emerald and variscite beads

Late Imperial
3rd century A.D.
Gold, emerald, and variscite
Overall: 17 1/8 in. (43.5 cm)
Gold and Silver
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1920
Accession Number:
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 166
24 green beads: 1 emerald and 23 variscite.
Richter, Gisela M. A. 1924. "Greek and Roman Jewelry: Recent Accessions." Bulletin of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 19 (2): pp. 35, 38, fig. 6.

Frantz, Tony, Dorothy Abramitis, Linda Borsch, and Mark T. Wypyski. 2009. "Roman Variscite Beads: In Situ Analysis by X-ray Microdiffraction." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, 67 (1): pp. 20–21, fig. 38.

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