The Byzantine period begins in 334 AD, when the Roman emperor Constantine I, makes Byzantium the capital of the Eastern Roman Empire, which will be named Constantinopolis. The capture of the city in 1453 by the Ottoman sultan ends 11 centuries Byzantine civilization.
Byzantine jewellery was the continuation of the techniques used by the Ancient Greek and Roman artisans. The empire's great wealth and vasts lands created a high demand for luxurious jewellery end provided rich sources of raw materials and artistic influences.
Byzantine jewellery was typically made from weighty gold, adorned with a generous amount of polychroom gemstones. Those gemstones were usually cut into polished cabochons set in simple collets or enhanced by carvings or granulation.
Bangle bracelets were very popular during this period and people often wore more than one on each arm. In the Byzantine Empire jewellery expressed both wealth and faith.
The most eloquent illustration of Byzantine jewellery can be admired in the mosaics depicting the emperor Justinian, his wife Theodora and their court in Ravenna.
We are the continuation of this long tradition which you can admire in an extensive Byzantine Style Collection.