A pair of gold armlets (Iron Age, 5th–4th century B.C.) in the Museum’s collection were found in the Iberian peninsula (Spain and Portugal). They were made during the time when the Phoenicians, a confederation of maritime traders from the eastern Mediterranean, had expanded throughout the Mediterranean region in the early first millennium B.C. However, while typically Phoenician jewelry of Near Eastern derivation was also found in Iberia, these distinctive armlets feature six solid gold rings stacked to produce a ribbed exterior; their stark simplicity of design more closely relates to local European Celtic rather than to Phoenician traditions, and therefore gives them the stylistic designation of Celtic-Iberian. These original armlets are the basis for our stylish bangle.
18K gold overlay. 1/4''W; inner circumference: 7 1/2''.