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Price: $150.00
Member Price: $135.00

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Description

In the Museums collection is a set of gold jewelry called the Ganymede Jewelry, dating from about 330 to 300 B.C. These pieces which include earrings, a strap necklace, fibulae (pins), bracelets, and a ring were found together in Macedonia, near Thessaloniki. Our Rams Head Bangle, which is crafted of 24K gold overlay with an adjustable, twisting body for a flexible fit, is based on a pair of rock crystal and gold rams head bracelets that were found with this treasure.

24K gold overlay. Matte finish. Adjustable, braided design for a flexible fit. Inner circumference: 5 1/4''.

  • 24K gold overlay
  • Adjustable, braided design for a flexible fit
  • Inner circumference: 5 1/4''

Art History

Jewelry played an essential role in ancient Greek life, ritual, and death. Fashionable Greeks used jewelry to display wealth and prestige. Women wore earrings, necklaces, bracelets, and finger rings, as well as the more extravagant wreaths, diadems, and breast pendants. Jewelry was offered as gifts to the gods at turning points in peoples lives, and was conspicuous in celebrations of marriage and birth. The deceased often were buried wearing favorite pieces, or funerary adornments might be made especially for entombment. While often colorfully enameled, classical Greek jewelry, unlike that of the Egyptians or Romans, tended to exclude gemstones. Though most surviving examples are of gold, less precious pieces in silver and bronze were probably more commonplace.

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Description

In the Museums collection is a set of gold jewelry called the Ganymede Jewelry, dating from about 330 to 300 B.C. These pieces which include earrings, a strap necklace, fibulae (pins), bracelets, and a ring were found together in Macedonia, near Thessaloniki. Our Rams Head Bangle, which is crafted of 24K gold overlay with an adjustable, twisting body for a flexible fit, is based on a pair of rock crystal and gold rams head bracelets that were found with this treasure.

24K gold overlay. Matte finish. Adjustable, braided design for a flexible fit. Inner circumference: 5 1/4''.





  • 24K gold overlay
  • Adjustable, braided design for a flexible fit
  • Inner circumference: 5 1/4''




Art History

Jewelry played an essential role in ancient Greek life, ritual, and death. Fashionable Greeks used jewelry to display wealth and prestige. Women wore earrings, necklaces, bracelets, and finger rings, as well as the more extravagant wreaths, diadems, and breast pendants. Jewelry was offered as gifts to the gods at turning points in peoples lives, and was conspicuous in celebrations of marriage and birth. The deceased often were buried wearing favorite pieces, or funerary adornments might be made especially for entombment. While often colorfully enameled, classical Greek jewelry, unlike that of the Egyptians or Romans, tended to exclude gemstones. Though most surviving examples are of gold, less precious pieces in silver and bronze were probably more commonplace.


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