The jewelry of ancient Greece's relatively brief Hellenistic period (323-146 B.C.) is famous for its intricate detail and superior skill. This period saw great improvements in techniques like filigree, complex hand-braiding, granulation, and stone-setting. Popular themes were the "Hercules knot," rosettes, and animal torcs (a large rigid neck ring).
Greek artisans use prototypes passed down from past generations of gold- and silversmiths to create this sterling silver bracelet inspired by Hellenistic motifs. The caps feature a pair of freshwater pearl beads, believed by the ancient Greeks to symbolize the tears of joy shed by Aphrodite, the goddess of love.
Handcrafted in Greece. Sterling silver with freshwater pearls. Adjustable. 2 3/16"W across the widest point.
From Bologna’s Palazzo Albergati to Rome's Palazzo Zuccari,
the grand royal residences of old Italia continue to inspire Italian artists and designers. This regal, baroque-style bracelet draws on the Renaissance portraits of princesses and noblewomen that hang in Florence's famed ...
In the 19th century, many rural women in
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Beginning with pure silver bullion, Lao silversmiths working
in the capital city of Vientiane melt, flatten, hammer, and twist this traditional, flexible cuff bracelet into shape. The ends are decorated with a stylized Laotian flower called dok phikopun , which ...