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Price: $125.00
Member Price: $112.50

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Description

Inspired by a pair of fifthfourth century B.C. earrings, the design of our Cypriot Carnelian Earrings reflects the boat-shaped construction of the original. Featuring carnelian mounted in gold settings, a filigree motif was applied to the design. The original earrings are embellished with granulation, an ancient form of ornamentation in which tiny grains of gold are fused to an underlying surface metal. Such a combination of a gold setting and a semiprecious stone, while familiar in rings, is not characteristic of mainland Greek jewelry of the Classical period, but rather jewelry from the East, where colored stones and glass were used with gold beginning as early as the Archaic period (ca. 700480 B.C.).

Sterling silver, with 24K gold overlay and carnelian. Pierced, with gold- filled ear wires. 1 1/8''L.

  • Sterling silver, with 24K gold overlay
  • Carnelians
  • 1 1/8''L
  • Pierced
  • Gold-filled ear wires

Art History

For more than 2,000 years Cyprus has been a way station for ships circulating around the eastern Mediterranean. The exposure of Cypriot craftsmen to foreign artistic styles from both East and West is reflected in the distinctive hybrid forms of jewelry that, by the Classical period (475325 B.C.), represent an amalgam of Greek, Near Eastern, and indigenous styles.

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Description

Inspired by a pair of fifthfourth century B.C. earrings, the design of our Cypriot Carnelian Earrings reflects the boat-shaped construction of the original. Featuring carnelian mounted in gold settings, a filigree motif was applied to the design. The original earrings are embellished with granulation, an ancient form of ornamentation in which tiny grains of gold are fused to an underlying surface metal. Such a combination of a gold setting and a semiprecious stone, while familiar in rings, is not characteristic of mainland Greek jewelry of the Classical period, but rather jewelry from the East, where colored stones and glass were used with gold beginning as early as the Archaic period (ca. 700480 B.C.).

Sterling silver, with 24K gold overlay and carnelian. Pierced, with gold- filled ear wires. 1 1/8''L.





  • Sterling silver, with 24K gold overlay
  • Carnelians
  • 1 1/8''L
  • Pierced
  • Gold-filled ear wires




Art History

For more than 2,000 years Cyprus has been a way station for ships circulating around the eastern Mediterranean. The exposure of Cypriot craftsmen to foreign artistic styles from both East and West is reflected in the distinctive hybrid forms of jewelry that, by the Classical period (475325 B.C.), represent an amalgam of Greek, Near Eastern, and indigenous styles.


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