Thursday, June 02, 2011

Medieval Jewellery

Earlier this morning I came across a few pictures of some medieval style jewellery. I was intrigued and decided to go hunting for pictures of the real thing. It's now been 2 hours, and I must stop. I do have other things to do today :-) The Victoria and Albert Museum (link at the bottom) has a ton of articles on the history of jewellery.

These are a few that particularly caught my eye:

Metropolitan Museum of Art
: Jeweled Bracelet
: 6th–7th century
: Made in probably Constantinople
: Byzantine
: Gold, silver, pearl, amethyst, sapphire, glass, quartz, emerald plasma
Overall: 1 7/16 x 3 1/4 in. (3.7 x 8.2 cm) strap: 15/16 x 7 7/8 in. (2.4 x 20 cm) bezel: 1 5/16 in. (3.4 cm)
:  Metalwork-Gold
: Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917
17.190.1670

Metropolitan Museum of Art

: Cloisonné Disc Brooches
: 6th century
: Frankish
: Copper alloy cloisons, side and back; glass and patterned copper alloy
Overall: 1 3/8 x 13/16 in. (3.5 x 2 cm)
: Metalwork-Copper
: Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917
17.193.259



 Diptych Pendant, maker unknown, about 1450-80. Museum no. 213-1874 From the Victoria & Albert

1 comment:

Carol Tannahill said...

Thank you for publishing these beautiful pictures and your link. I'm off to check now but I'll be back!