This is simply a beautiful pair of Iranian earrings -- I have a feeling replicas would sell well even today. The gold filigree-work is spectacular.
[ID: Two earrings, each composed of a ring with one open end, presumably where they pinched onto the ears; at the bottom of each earring is a wedge-shaped decorative piece adorned with gold “grains” in addition to the open-work filigree that covers the earring throughout.]
“Sutton Hoo” is a peculiar name for this exquisite set, but if you know about British archeology it won’t surprise you. Sutton Hoo is the name of an archeological site in England where burials of important people from the 6th-7th century AD Anglo Saxon kingdom of East Anglia were studied and excavated. These graves contained a plethora of beautifully made metal jewellery and other items like swords, helmets, and tools with red and gold designs. The artefacts now reside in the British Museum in London. The Sutton Hoo artefacts have inspired the “look” of a lot of mediaeval-inspired jewellery, including this beadwork set I designed and made. The golden brown seed beads and reddish crystals along with the woven look of the beadwork bring to mind the ancient Anglo Saxon ornamentation.
Materials and techniques: beadweaving with needle and thread, polymer beading thread, bronze seed beads, red seed beads, bronze metallic fire polished crystals, swarovski crystals, antiqued brass findings
This is a bracelet that is designated “aux musiciens” and I couldn’t figure out how they knew it was intended for musicians -- was it a special shape? did it somehow indicate rank in a way I couldn’t read? -- until I clicked on this close-up image, which shows several people down at the bottom playing musical instruments.
[ID: A thick gold bracelet with a hinge on a flat side at one end; the rest is cylindrical and heavily engraed, with a wishbone pattern alternating with diamonds showing musicians playing various string and wood instruments.]
This necklace features a Celtic inspired charm in the centre that I bought at the York Minster Cathedral in York, UK, many years ago. With the unusual combination of silver, blue-green, purple, and dark green colours, this necklace goes with a wide variety of outfits.
Materials: plastic coated metal beading cable, pewter metal beads and spacers, glass seed beads, amazonite round beads, aventurine round beads, amethyst round beads, silver dyed freshwater pearls, swarovski crystals, labradorite flat beads, fire polished crystals, silver plated findings
Apropos of nothing, here is a baker's dozen images of bird-shaped brooches ca. 6th century, from Frankish, Vendel, and Anglo-Saxon artisans. They all come from the Metropolitan Museum of Art collection on JSTOR, which includes nearly half a million open access images for everyone!