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MJ1409

A Hellenistic Gold & Gemstone Plaque, ca 1st century BC

the thin gold plaque set with a total of seven cabochon gems comprising one emerald, two sapphires and four garnets and later mounted as a ring in 18K gold making this a stunner of a piece.

Background: A wide variety of jewelry types were produced in the Hellenistic period such as earrings, necklaces, pendants, pins, bracelets, armbands, thigh bands, finger rings and other elaborate ornaments.  Many pieces were inlaid with pearls and dazzling gems  or semiprecious stones such as emeralds, garnets, carnelians, as well as many other gems and stones.  Artists also incorporated colorful enamel inlays that dramatically contrasted with their intricate gold settings. 

Condition:  A small losses and cracking to the gold plaque, o therwise in good condition overall.  The plaque serves as a featured bezel in a modern, 18K gold ring. 

Dimensions: U.S. ring size: 5, Diameter:1 inch (2.54 cm)

Provenance: Private collection of Vincent Funiciello, Brooklyn, NY., the collection assembled between 1930s - 70s.

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