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Medieval-Style Jewelry

     The intricate carvings and colorful stones found in medieval-era jewelry are loaded with meanings that extend well beyond pizzazz. The wearers of such jewels, including clergymen, believed that certain gems and motifs held special powers. Sapphire, for instance, was thought to invoke truth-telling, and coral was considered particularly effective at warding off evil spirits. Some rings have engraved portraits of saints or married couples, while others feature morbidly curious memento mori, or reminders of death.

     The medieval look continued to capture the imaginations of jewelers in the centuries that followed. From Berlin Iron necklaces in the early 1800s to Chanel gold cuffs in more recent years, the romance of the Middle Ages always seems to come back in style. Read more in Introspective magazine

Couquaux Silver Neo Gothic Cuff Bangle
An important silver and vermeil neo gothic cuff bracelet, delicately engraved and repierced with floral patterns, grapes, and the name Jehanne for Joan of Arc, signed on the edge: Co...
Category

Antique Late 19th Century Victorian Cuff Bracelets

Materials

Sterling Silver, 18k Gold

Rare Geiss Berlin Iron Girandole Vine Leaf Necklace
By Glorious Antique Jewelry Collection
Proudly we present, In impeccable condition, this rarely seen showpiece necklace by Geiss that surrounds the neck with graceful openwork iron leaves, clasped with the original flower...
Category

Antique 1810s George III Link Necklaces

Materials

Berlin Iron

Medieval Zoomorphic Sapphire Gold Ring
By Unknown
Medieval zoomorphic sapphire ring. An important piece, horizontally set with a sapphire cabochon, originally used as a bead with lengthwise drill hole, in a closed back collet settin...
Category

Antique 15th Century and Earlier Medieval Solitaire Rings

Materials

Sapphire, Yellow Gold, Gold

Grace the Neckline in Georgian Berlin Iron Garlands
By Glorious Antique Jewelry Collection
The fine, rare pairing of Berlin Iron and gold combine in this extraordinary garlanded necklace. Five neo -classical iron portraits of historic figures are framed and set in gold. T...
Category

Antique 1820s Georgian Link Necklaces

Materials

Berlin Iron

Chanel Byzantine Cuffs
By Chanel
Wonderful pair of Chanel Byzantine style cuffs with ruby pate de verre stones by Gripoix. Cuffs are set in Antiqued gold finish with twisted wire bezels around each sugar loaf stone...
Category

Vintage 1980s Cuff Bracelets

Materials

Gilt Metal

Chanel Pair of Chain decorated Cuffs
By Chanel
Extraordinary pair of Chanel chain decorated biker cuffs from the 1980's. Designed by Victoire de Castellane under Karl Lagerfeld, this is the period where all of Chanel's iconograph...
Category

Vintage 1980s Cuff Bracelets

Materials

Bronze

Chanel Byzantine Crest Brooch
By Maison Gripoix for Chanel
Chanel byzantine style crest brooch by Maison Gripoix. Poured glass emerald and ruby oval and heart shape cabochons are mixed with faceted cut topaz stones. Also has pendant hook fit...
Category

Vintage 1980s Brooches

Materials

Gilt Metal

Miriam Haskell Byzantine Cruciform Necklace
By Miriam Haskell
Miriam Haskell's signature Russian gilt Byzantine style cruciform chain necklace. Composed of gilt filigrees and classic Miriam Haskell vari size baroque faux pearls, decorating the...
Category

Vintage 1960s Drop Necklaces

Materials

Gilt Metal

Medieval sapphire cabochon gold ring circa 14-15th century
By Unknown
Medieval sapphire cabochon gold ring. Set with a hexagonal cabochon natural unenhanced sapphire in a closed back rubover collet setting with an approximate weight of 3.00 carats, to ...
Category

Antique 15th Century and Earlier Signet Rings

Materials

Sapphire, Yellow Gold, Gold

Exceptional Georgian Berlin Iron Link Necklace
By Unknown
Berlin iron jewelry was produced in Germany by the Berlin Royal Foundry beginning in 1804. Previously, iron jewelry had primarily been worn in periods of mourning due to its dark col...
Category

Antique 1810s Georgian Link Necklaces

Materials

Berlin Iron

Museum Quality Antique Early Byzantine 4th Century AD Gold Marriage Ring
By Unknown
Early Byzantine gold marriage ring. The central square plaque carved to depict two facing busts wearing crowns, a cross and orb inbetween, with the wording 'ZVΓOC AHNOCIOC' translate...
Category

Antique 15th Century and Earlier Byzantine Engagement Rings

Materials

Yellow Gold

Medieval amethyst Bishop's stirrup ring circa 13th century
By Unknown
Medieval amethyst Bishop's stirrup ring. Set with a rectangular faceted amethyst in a closed back rubover setting, to a raised pyramid shaped bezel and flanked by integrated shoulder...
Category

Antique 15th Century and Earlier Solitaire Rings

Materials

Amethyst, Yellow Gold

Post Medieval Gold Posy Ring TOVT IOVRS LOIALL
By Unknown
Post Medieval gold posy ring '+ TOVT IOVRS LOIALL' ('ever faithful'). A smooth D-shape band engraved to the interior in seriffed capitals '+ TOVT IOVRS LOIALL', translated from early...
Category

Antique 15th Century and Earlier Medieval Band Rings

Materials

Yellow Gold

Extraordinary Berlin Iron Long Chain and Cannetile Lace Cross
By Glorious Antique Jewelry Collection
Here is a mix of texture, both substantial and lacy. An extremely rare, dense Berlin Iron Chain c.1800 suspends a large cross of twists and loops. In the chain, the iron is woven o...
Category

Antique 1810s Georgian Rope Necklaces

Materials

Berlin Iron

Byzantine Betrothal Ring, 7th-8th Century AD
By Unknown
Byzantine betrothal ring, 7th-8th century AD. A yellow gold ring with square plaque-form bezel engraved with two crowned full-length figures flanking a cross, all within a dotted bo...
Category

Antique 15th Century and Earlier Byzantine Bridal Rings

Materials

Yellow Gold

French Enameled Pearl Diamond Gold Byzantine Style Necklace
By Unknown
A grand necklace in the Byzantine style, of openwork scroll, floral and foliate motifs in multicolored enamel, enhanced with diamonds and drop pearls, the blue enamel backchain of wa...
Category

20th Century Byzantine Drop Necklaces

Materials

Diamond, Pearl, Gold

Wondrous Georgian Berlin Iron Bracelet
A winged lady (Psyche?) graces the clasp of swirls that mirror the curls of her hair on this wondrous Berlin Iron Bracelet. All Berlin Iron in excellent condition is rare. Museums ow...
Category

Antique Early 19th Century Georgian Link Bracelets

Materials

Berlin Iron

Antique GeorgianSilesian Wirework Cross c .1800
By Unknown
Weightless woven iron, sometimes called Silesian wirework, sometimes called Berlin Iron, has a vague history. There is precious little of it outside of European museums. It is remar...
Category

Antique Early 19th Century Georgian More Necklaces

Materials

Berlin Iron

Lalaounis Ruby & Rose Diamond Ring
By Ilias Lalaounis
18kt Yellow Gold wrap around Ring set with Burmese Rubies and Rose Diamonds. Overly opulent and Byzantine.
Category

Vintage 1960s Band Rings

Materials

Diamond, Ruby, 18k Gold, Yellow Gold

Important Byzantine Style Brooch, Property of Coco Chanel
By Chanel
Formerly property of Coco Chanel, this Byzantine style brooch of gilt bronze by Goossens is formed of four square pate de verre emeralds enclosing a large pearl with two cabochon pat...
Wiese Neo Medieval Brooch
By Jules & Louis Wiese
Category

Antique Late 19th Century Victorian

Chanel Pearl Pendant Brooch, Gripoix
Chanel baroque poured glass brooch with large faux pearl pendant made by Maison Gripoix. The pendant is anchored by logo "CC" button. 1990's France. Excellent condition, Small scrat...
Category

1990s Brooches

Materials

Gilt Metal

Chanel Barbaric Byzantine Round Brooch
By Maison Gripoix for Chanel
Chanel's Barbaric Byzantine round brooch of unusual and irregularly claw set poured glass emerald, ruby and sapphire irregular cabochons and prong set crystal strasses. This brooch i...
Category

Vintage 1980s Brooches

Materials

Gilt Metal

Joseff of Hollywood Byzantine Revival Fob Earclips
By Joseff of Hollywood
Joseff Hollywood signature lacquered Russian gilt and emerald cabochon Byzantine revival fob dangle earclips. Clip back fittings. 1940's USA. Length 2", Width .8" Eugene Joseff p...
Category

Vintage 1940s Byzantine Drop Earrings

Materials

Gilt Metal

Oversized Chanel Cruciform Brooch
By Chanel
Chanel's appropriation of Byzantine and Renaissance forms continued throughout her career, often in the form of oversized cruciform brooches and pendants. This one is set in bron...
Category

Vintage 1960s Brooches

Chanel Byzantine Haute Couture Link Bracelet
By Maison Gripoix for Chanel
Chanel Byzantine style articulated link bracelet, handmade and composed of six gilt filigree links with ruby and emerald rectangular poured glass cabochons. Marked: Made in France. ...
Category

Vintage 1980s Link Bracelets

Materials

Gilt Metal

Antique Georgian Berlin Iron Chain and Cross c. 1820-30
By Unknown
The Georgian Berlin Iron Chain, composed of intricate interlocking links. drops nine inches from the clasp top section and 14 inches over all to the bottom of the ornamental cross, ...
Category

Antique 1810s Georgian Chain Necklaces

Materials

Berlin Iron

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