Byzantine Antique Gold Beaded Earrings

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Byzantine Antique Gold Beaded Earrings
These elegant earrings made of antique gold finished bronze are reproduced from a pair found in a hoard of Byzantine jewelry discovered in the early 20th century near the city of Asyut in central Egypt. They feature a beaded design around the edges and have French ear wires.
The origins of the great civilization known as the Byzantine Empire can be traced to 330 A.D., when the Roman emperor Constantine I dedicated a “new Rome” on the site of the ancient Greek colony of Byzantium.
Infused with an old world sensibility, they are evocative of costume and jewelry designs seen in the Met’s brilliant production of Georges Bizet’s, Les Pêcheurs de Perles.

  • Byzantine Empire, 330 A.D., Reproduction of original design
  • From the collections at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
  • Bronze
  • Antique gold finish
  • Surgical steel French ear wires
  • Gift box included


Georges Bizet's Les Pêcheurs de Perles

Few operas can match the sheer lyric beauty of Bizet’s youthful The Pearl Fishers. Critics at the time were not in favor of it but the audience was swept up in the ravishing score tinged with the allure of a mythical South Asian setting. The drama itself remains within the conventional standards of the day, with a love triangle complicated by the true friendship of the two men involved in it. Although not performed frequently, the opera successfully stands on its own when appreciated for its unique atmosphere, rather than compared to the composer’s later masterpiece, Carmen, or held up to modern notions of dramatic plausibility.

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