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. 

Ancient rings in NYC

Last night we were pleased as punch to attend the opening of Cycles of Life: Rings from the Benjamin Zucker Collection at the NYC gallery of Les Enluminures. Dozens of museum-quality, rare and extraordinary rings spanning from Ancient Rome through the Eighteenth century were on display (and available for sale). 

A few of our favorites are shown below:

Roman octahedral diamond ring; Roman Empire, 3rd-4th century AD.

Roman octahedral diamond ring; Roman Empire, 3rd-4th century AD.

Renaissance gimmel ring with Memento Mori; Germany, dated 1631.

Renaissance gimmel ring with Memento Mori; Germany, dated 1631.

Greek snake ring with a garnet heart; Hellenistic Greece, 2nd-1st century BC.

Greek snake ring with a garnet heart; Hellenistic Greece, 2nd-1st century BC.

The exhibition is on through December 6, 2014, with details here. You can also view the collection on the Les Enluminures website