Western Asiatic Garnet and Gold Pendant


A delicate Western Asiatic pendant featuring  a central garnet carved into a smooth circular shape. The semi-precious stone has been palced in a gold frame which has been enriched with horizontal ridges. Both sides of the pendant mirror each other. A wide loop has been added to the top for suspension.

Date: 1st Millennium -5th century BC
Condition: Fine condition, earthly encrustation tothe surface.

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Many grand civilizations inhabited the area of Western Asia in Antiquity, and their wealth and prosperity are witnessed by the very sophisticated precious metal crafting of jewellery. Gold would have been hammered down to a thin layer and manipulated into different shapes. Gold and silver jewellery would have featured gold granules, glass and semi-precious stone inlays and detailed engravings. Very fine granulation, as we can see on this item, along with filigree, were at the centre of Near Eastern and Western Asiatic jewellery production and were later adopted by the Greeks, Etruscans and Romans.

To discover more about gemstones in Antiquity, please visit our relevant blog post: The History and Mythology of Jewellery in Antiquity.

Weight 0.66 g
Dimensions L 0.9 x W 0.7 cm


Semi-Precious Stones


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