GOLD AND BLUE LACE AGATE PENDANT
Measurements: 3.5 cm - length
Description: An extremely fine Greek gold and blue lace agate pendant. Possibly part of a necklace or earrings, the item features two gold links – one intact, one broken over the suspension loop integral to the gold pendant. The gold pendant is hollow and cylinder-shaped, ending in dog-tooth band that is ‘holding’ a beautiful drop-shaped stone. The stone has a few minor chips and some damage to the bottom. The item is suitable for modern wear, with great care. For any repairs please consult a professional jeweller.
Greeks and Romans were the most skilled people in cutting various types of agates. They were particularly seasoned in carving seals, cameos and intaglios (agate was even used for carving bowls and drinking cups). Agate was a popular gem, many magic and health-giving properties have been assigned to it. Ancient Greeks and Romans used powdered agate in wine as antidotes for snakebites and scorpion stings.
Period: 2nd cent. BC – 1st cent. AD
Condition: Very fine. Possibly restored or reinforced – very minor traces of glue visible on the attachment points of gold and stone. Minor chipping to the stone – please refer to the photos.