Byzantine Gold Cross with Garnet + Gold Earrings, Eastern Mediterranean, ca. 8th to 10th century CE. Estimate $18,000 – $25,000. Photo Artemis Gallery.
Solid, high karat gold in the form of an exquisite opernwork cross with a large cabochon garnet in center and an ample suspension loop at top, 24.78 grams in gold weight. Along with pair of « Pendants » with hinged loop in crescent shape. Combined weight of pendants 36.46 grams. WHile called pendants these were actually worn in the hair with a bit of added perfume. Size: Cross 2-1/2″H, Earrings 2″L each.
Provenance: Ex-Andrew Green Collection, acquired in mid-1990’s.