Gold Necklace with Amethysts, Glass, and Gold Beads


On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 301

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.

Gold Necklace with Amethysts, Glass, and Gold Beads, Gold, amethyst, (colored glass or rock crystal and emerald) beads, Byzantine

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