A beaded bracelet based on ancient Persian jewellery.
This piece is based on a Persian necklace dating to the 4th century BC that is currently on display in the Louvré Museum, Paris. Consisting of a long chain of beads in fine stones and gold, the necklace originates from Susa (an ancient city of the Elamite, Persian and Parthian empires of Iran). It was found in the tomb of a high ranking person who was laid to rest wearing all his jewellery.
The variety of beads on this jewellery illustrates the taste for polychromy (the use of many colours) which was popular during the Persian period. Craftsmen combined dozens of different stones with careful skill and artistry, producing contrasts in colours, materials, transparency and opacity. The designs were often punctuated by gold beads formed of rows of fine granules - a characteristic of the Achaemenid period (550–330 BC).
Ideal as a gift, this bracelet measures 8 inches long and features jade, agate and gold-finish granulation beads.