Earrings of the “basket” variety, named for the round “basket” of gold wire or sheet gold on the hoop, were fashionable in Italy for at least a century before the arrival of the Langobards and quickly became part of Langobardic women’s dress. One such gold earring—with a “basket” surrounded by a six-pointed star—was originally found in Italy and is now in the Museum’s collection. This rare treasure (Byzantine or Langobardic, 6th–7th century) is the source for our striking earrings.
14K gold, with 18K gold overlay and lapis. Made in the USA. 3/4''L. Pierced, with 14K gold posts.