This ornamental geometric design, from the 6th century AD, is based on an original pendant disc crafted of gold filigree. Bejeweled with five fiery opals and four deep-red garnets, the Museum reproductions are hand crafted of filigree wire. Vermeil (24k gold over sterling silver). Size: 1 5/8 inches.
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In 330 A.D. when Constantine the Great transferred the seat of the Roman Empire to the East in Byzantium (later Constantinople), goldsmiths and lapidaries were introduced to the phenomenal riches and opulence of oriental ornament.