Museum Monday: Ancient Inspirations

One of the most looked-at bracelets in the G&D cases right now is this Victorian lioness bangle:

 18k yellow gold bracelet, c. mid - late nineteenth century. Available at our 47th St. Shop!

18k yellow gold bracelet, c. mid - late nineteenth century. Available at our 47th St. Shop!

Archaeologically-inspired jewelry was incredibly trendy during the Victorian era, and this bangle is no exception. A look through some the collections at the MET reveals some ancient jewels that surely influenced the unknown designer of our nineteenth-century piece. 

 Gold & Copper Alloy Bracelet w/ Lion-Head Finials. Cypriot, 5th Century BC. Metropolitan Museum of Art, 74.51.3559.

Gold & Copper Alloy Bracelet w/ Lion-Head Finials. Cypriot, 5th Century BC. Metropolitan Museum of Art, 74.51.3559.

 Silver Bracelet with Gold Lion Head Finials. Greek, 5th - 4th Century BCE. Metropolitan Museum of Art, 30.115.86.

Silver Bracelet with Gold Lion Head Finials. Greek, 5th - 4th Century BCE. Metropolitan Museum of Art, 30.115.86.

Some things really never go out of style.