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Italian Star with Lapis Earrings

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Price: $695.00
Member Price: $625.50

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Description

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 womens dress. One such gold earringwith a basket surrounded by a six-pointed starwas originally found in Italy and is now in the Museums collection. This rare treasure (Byzantine or Langobardic, 6th7th century) is the source for our striking earrings.

14K gold, with 18K gold overlay and lapis. 3/4''L. Pierced, with 14K gold posts.

We regret that promotional discounts, including the 20% off initial Membership discount, cannot be applied towards the purchase of this item.

  • 14K gold, with 18K gold overlay and lapis
  • 3/4''L
  • Pierced, with 14K gold posts
  • We regret that promotional discounts, including the 20% off initial Membership discount, cannot be applied towards the purchase of this item

Art History

Between 500 and 1000, successive waves of conquerors captured and recaptured strategic cities in the Italian peninsula and Sicily. Because of the many peoples active in the Italian peninsula, art of the period shows the influence of many different styles. The Langobards, a Germanic people who migrated south from the Danube valley, invaded Byzantine Italy in 568.

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Description

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 womens dress. One such gold earringwith a basket surrounded by a six-pointed starwas originally found in Italy and is now in the Museums collection. This rare treasure (Byzantine or Langobardic, 6th7th century) is the source for our striking earrings.

14K gold, with 18K gold overlay and lapis. 3/4''L. Pierced, with 14K gold posts.

We regret that promotional discounts, including the 20% off initial Membership discount, cannot be applied towards the purchase of this item.





  • 14K gold, with 18K gold overlay and lapis
  • 3/4''L
  • Pierced, with 14K gold posts
  • We regret that promotional discounts, including the 20% off initial Membership discount, cannot be applied towards the purchase of this item




Art History

Between 500 and 1000, successive waves of conquerors captured and recaptured strategic cities in the Italian peninsula and Sicily. Because of the many peoples active in the Italian peninsula, art of the period shows the influence of many different styles. The Langobards, a Germanic people who migrated south from the Danube valley, invaded Byzantine Italy in 568.


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