Archaeological revival necklace
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One of the purest expression of the nineteenth century’s interest in historical styles is found in the so-called archaeological jewelry produced by firms such as Castellani, the maker of this necklace. Castellani looked to Etruscan, ancient Roman, Byzantine, and Medieval styles for inspiration for its jewelry, and it sought out ancient techniques as well as motifs for reinterpretation. Archaeological jewelry was extremely popular in Europe in the second half of the nineteenth century, and was actively acquired at the highest levels of society.
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