Gold Necklace with Amethysts, Glass, and Gold Beads
- 6th–7th century
- Gold, amethyst, (colored glass or rock crystal and emerald) beads
- Overall: 17 9/16 x 9/16 x 1/4 in. (44.6 x 1.4 x 0.6 cm)
- Credit Line:
- Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917
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Using gold wires, Byzantine goldsmiths worked the delicate filigree clasp on each of these necklaces. The Greeks wore amethyst, a violet colored quartz found in jewelry across the ancient world, as an amulet to protect against the effects of wine and poison and to keep them from harm in battle.