Fascinating ancient jewelry pieces

 

My recent trip to Greece has set me on the trail of discovery into the ancient artifacts and jewelry unearthed from the past. There is a wealth of culture, philosophy and details embedded within and on the structures of the Acropolis in Athens, the carvings on its walls, and amidst the sculptures of the Gods.

Visiting Acropolis in Greece

Visiting Acropolis in Greece

My visit to the Acropolis Museum. These art works date from 140-110 BC.

My visit to the Acropolis Museum.
These art works date from 140-110 BC.

The allures of ancient jewelry from all around the world go far beyond their inscriptions and designs. I am inspired by the ancient techniques and craftsmanship used in their creation.

Ancient Roman jewelry

Ancient Roman jewelry

Ganymede jewelry ca. 330-300 B.C. Greek.

Ganymede jewelry ca. 330-300 B.C. Greek.

My visit to the Acropolis Museum.

My visit to the Acropolis Museum.

Two-finger ring, early 6th century.

Two-finger ring, early 6th century.

Hidden from plain sight, and contained in their rough edges, is the handiwork of artisans done without the use of technology or precision instruments, giving soul to the jewelry.

Unknown source

Unknown source

African Gold Hoop Hishi Earrings with brass and copper beads

African Gold Hoop Hishi Earrings with brass and copper beads

A page from the book "Ancient Egyptian Jewelry"    by Ambrose Lansing

A page from the book "Ancient Egyptian Jewelry"

by Ambrose Lansing

Unknown source

Unknown source

Ancient Roman gold signet ring, 2nd century AD

Ancient Roman gold signet ring, 2nd century AD

African Gold

African Gold

These gems have life in them: their colors speak, say what words fail of. ~George Eliot

This was our inspiration of the week, what is yours?