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Byzantine jewelry completely opposes the church’s condemnation of excessive luxury.

But these pieces stand as a testament to Byzantine affluence, social habits, and technical achievements of their cosmopolitan culture.

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Necklace, 4th century. Marion, Cyprus, Greece.. Image courtesy of the Museum of Cycladic Art, Athens, no. Z.438.1 
Bracelets, 9th–10th century. Constantinople, Turkey. Image courtesy of the Museum of Byzantine Culture, Thessaloniki

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Byzantine costume from the 4th to the 6th century;

Emperor Constantine and his mother Helena, 4th century

"Churchgoer and Lady of rank", "Royal couple" and "Woman of rank and civil official", 4th century

"Gala Placida and Valentinian III" and"Byzantine couple", 5th century

"Empress Theodora" and "Courtiers", 6th century

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