A Roman-period necklace in the collection of the British Museum, London, features large rock crystal beads interspersed with carnelian and chalcedony or quartz beads. This dramatic necklace was excavated in 1886 at Tell Dafana, the site of ancient Daphnae on the Nile, where both Greek and Egyptian objects have been discovered. We have adapted this rare necklace for our contemporary version.
Produced in cooperation with the British Museum, London.
Silver overlay, with rock crystal and carnelian stones. Hook and eye closure. Adjusts from 18'' to 20 1/4''L with extender chain.
- Silver overlay, with rock crystal and carnelian stones
- Hook and eye closure
- Adjusts from 18'' to 20 1/4''L with extender chain
Art HistoryAfter Egypt came under the rule of the Hellenistic Greeks (323–27 B.C.) and became a province of the Roman Empire (after 27 B.C.), traditional ancient Egyptian jewelry, with its characteristic forms, materials, and colors, was rarely produced. Jewelry was still made and worn during the Greco-Roman period, but it instead celebrated the ideals of the new rulers. Whereas the Egyptians frequently created their jewelry to include amuletic shapes with symbolic meanings, Greco-Roman jewelry celebrated the rarity, value, and beauty of the materials used.