Ancient Greek Carnelian, Gold and Turquoise Pendant


A fine Ancient Greek drop shaped pendant featuring a finely modelled central carnelian bead in a flat teardrop shape with carefully bevelled edges. The pendant is further embellished with a small turquoise faience disk bead at the bottom. The central stone is held in place by a gold socket at the top and a gold pin along all its length. An applied loop has been attached for suspension.

Date: Circa 5th – 3rd Century BC
Condition: Fine condition.


SKU: GL-05 Category:

As in many ancient societies, jewellery was an important social marker used to demonstrate wealth and social status. In Ancient Greek culture jewellery was worn in everyday life but was also buried with the decease as part of his or her funerary outfit. Jewellery might have been enriched with precious and semi-precious stones along with decorative motives which would have included popular myths, gods, goddesses, and heroes.

To discover more about the meanings of gemstones and semi-precious gemstones in Antiquity, please visit our relevant blog post: The History and Mythology of Gemstones in Ancient Jewellery.

Weight 1.63 g
Dimensions L 2.5 x W 1.1 cm



Semi-Precious Stones