Hellenistic Gold, Amethyst, Garnet, and Rock Crystal Pendant

£ 575.00

An extremely fine Hellenistic pendant showcasing hallmarks of the style, including the use of gold and semiprecious stones. A thin gold bar holds an oblong cut amethyst and a cut garnet bead, alternated with fluted circular gold beads. The end of the pendant features a beautiful polished piece of rock crystal topped by a ring of five inset teardrop-shaped garnets, of which two cabochons. A suspension loop at the top enables the pendant to be worn on a chain. Weight: 3.4g.

Date: Circa 4th-1st Century BC.
Condition: Extremely fine. Suitable for modern wear with care.


Product Code: GS-84

In Ancient Greek culture, jewellery was an important social marker used to demonstrate wealth and status. It was worn in everyday life but was also buried with the deceased as part of his or her funerary outfit. Jewellery was often enriched with precious and semiprecious stones and decorative motifs would have included popular myths, gods, goddesses, and heroes. The use of gold in jewellery production became especially popular during the Hellenistic Period.

To discover more about jewellery in the Ancient World, please visit our relevant post: Jewellery in Antiquity.

Dimensions L 4.2 cm

Southern Europe



Semi-Precious Stone

Amethyst, Garnet, Hard Stone