SELECTION OF GREEK HELLENISTIC GOLD PENDANTS
Measurements: item A: 1.9 cm − height, 0.8 cm − width; item B: 2.6 cm − height, 0.7 cm − width; item C: 1.8 cm − height, 0.8 cm − width
Description: A beautiful selection of Greek Hellenistic gold gem pendants with integral suspension loops featuring a single gold granule decoration.
Item A consists of a gold loop decorated with two bands of leaf motifs and a wavy border, and holds a drop-shaped purple amethyst. The name amethyst comes from the Greek amethystos, literally meaning 'not drunken', a reference to the belief held by the ancient Greeks that those who wore amethyst would be prevented from inebriation.
Item B is round-shaped and similarly decorated with two bands of leaf motifs and a wavy border, and holds a spike-shaped agate displaying brown, orange and purple colouring. Greeks and Romans were the most skilled in cutting various types of agates. They were particularly seasoned in carving seals, cameos and intaglios. Agate was a popular gem, with many magic and health-giving properties associated with it. Ancient Greeks and Romans also used powdered agate in wine as antidotes for snakebites and scorpion stings.
Item C holds a drop-shaped garnet that appears black until light shines through it, revealing its deep red colour. Red garnets were one of the most commonly used gemstones in the Hellenistic period and take their name from the Latin word granatum, meaning 'pomegranate'. Price is per individual item. Please e-mail the letter of your preferential pendant before ordering. Items A and C are SOLD.
Reference: Christie's sale 9380, lot 415.
Period: 2nd - 1st century BC
Condition: All very fine, intact, with minor encrustations.