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Hellenistic Agate Bead Hoop Earrings

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Price: $55.00
Member Price: $49.50

Item# 80-009194 

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Description

Our earrings adapt the granulated gold elements and the beads from a pair of repouss and chased gold earrings (Greek, Hellenistic, 2nd1st century B.C.). The originals are adorned with beads of emerald, banded glass, gold, and dolphins heads. Many types of earrings were made during the Hellenistic period. The dolphin was associated with the goddess Aphrodite and her birth from the sea.

Natural agate and 24K gold overlay. 3/4'' diam. Pierced, with gold-filled wires.

  • 24K gold overlay
  • Natural agate
  • 3/4'' diam.
  • Pierced
  • Gold-filled wires

Art History

Jewelry played a prominent role in ancient Greek life, ritual, and death. Artistic representations of daily activities reveal how affluent Greeks used jewelry to display their wealth and prestige. During the Classical period, the emphasis was on finely crafted gold jewelry, while in the succeeding Hellenistic period, colored stones from the East became available, and the conspicuous display of wealth gained acceptance.

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Description

Our earrings adapt the granulated gold elements and the beads from a pair of repouss and chased gold earrings (Greek, Hellenistic, 2nd1st century B.C.). The originals are adorned with beads of emerald, banded glass, gold, and dolphins heads. Many types of earrings were made during the Hellenistic period. The dolphin was associated with the goddess Aphrodite and her birth from the sea.

Natural agate and 24K gold overlay. 3/4'' diam. Pierced, with gold-filled wires.





  • 24K gold overlay
  • Natural agate
  • 3/4'' diam.
  • Pierced
  • Gold-filled wires




Art History

Jewelry played a prominent role in ancient Greek life, ritual, and death. Artistic representations of daily activities reveal how affluent Greeks used jewelry to display their wealth and prestige. During the Classical period, the emphasis was on finely crafted gold jewelry, while in the succeeding Hellenistic period, colored stones from the East became available, and the conspicuous display of wealth gained acceptance.


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