Fashionable Jewelry From 2,000 Years Ago

Posted on November 10, 2008

Photo of 2000 year old earring found in Jerusalem


A 2,000 year old gold, pearl and emerald earring was found in Jerusalem. The earring belonged to a fashionable woman who lived in the city some 2,000 years ago. The find is exquisite: it is quite rare to find ancient jewelry in such excellent condition.
The main part of the earring is made of a coiled gold hoop encircling a large inlaid pearl nestled in its center. Dangling from the bottom of the hoop are two identical gold pendants, each of which is adorned with a small chain whose links are comprised of one emerald and pearl, held in place by golden fastenings.

"The earring was astonishingly well preserved, so much so that it seems it was manufactured only yesterday," commented the directors of the excavation on behalf of IAA, Dr. Doron Ben-Ami and Yana Tchekhanovets. The two experts added that the piece, which was discovered in the ruins of a building which dates to the Byzantine period (4-5 CE on the Gregorian calendar), may have been produced earlier.
Archaeologists said she would have been quite wealthy and of a high social stature to own gold, pearls and emeralds. What a marvelous find: it will be very interesting to see what else they dig up at the site.

Photo: Clara Amit, Israel Antiquities Authority

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