Byzantine

Today we’re visiting the golden extravagance of the Byzantine Empire and combining jewelry from the period with contemporary interpretations.

• The Dolce & Gabbana Fall 2013 Collection drew inspiration and iconography from Sicily’s Monreale Cathedral, which has some of the best Byzantine mosaics in the world.

• Even the ancient Romans liked vintage! This Brooch dates back to 600 A.D. but the onyx cameo and glass cabochon gems come from an even earlier time.

• This Cross dates back to 1100 A.D. and is particularly fine example of Byzantine work in cloisonné enamel.

• Sofia’s Ring frames a golden yellow citrine stone in an intricate sterling silver cage.

• This Pendant by Iladesign surrounds a Byzantine-inspired gold cross with a string of fresh water pearls.

• Jean’s Cross is made of solid gold with a faceted ruby in the center.

• Mark Milanich’s Ring is a more modern and minimal take on Byzantine design with a red-orange carnelian cabochon set in gold bezel and surrounded by sterling silver.

These Earrings by CultureTaste have a gold cross laid inside sterling silver ovals decorated with floral motifs.

• Nassim Nouri’s Necklace is a Byzantine-inspired cross made of brown resin, glass beads, and botanical metal charms.

• Udi G.’s Pendant frames an ancient gold coin in sterling silver bezel.

• Lisajoy Sachs’ Ring has a yellow sapphire and six small rubies set in recycled fine silver.