▪Arch of Septimius Severus.
Creator: Luigi Valadier (1726-1785)
Date: ca. 1778
Place of origin: Rome, Italy
Designer: Luigi Valadier (1726-1785)
Medium: Giallo antico marble, verd antique serpentine, pavonazzetto marble, amber, gilded bronze and gold.
Two dragons presenting a heart-shaped amber, buried 1647-1658. From the
tomb of Lady Chen, wife of Tong Bonian, in Dengfushan outside of the
Zhonghua gate, Nanjing. Amber and ruby; gold with repoussé and filigree
Greek Gold Necklace with Amber Pendants. c. 6th-4th Century BC
Throughout antiquity amber was very much appreciated. However, as a natural material, it is prone to decay and rarely survives. In ancient times, the main source of amber was the Baltic coast and from there various trade roads brought it to the Mediterranean. Mycenaeans imported amber beads from as early as the Geometric and Oriental periods. Greek craftsmen used amber, as did the Etruscans, until around 500 BC, when the supply stopped and the material also went out of fashion.
Roman Gold and Stone Amuletic Bracelet, c. 1st-3rd Century AD
The gold bracelet in the form of a bangle, oval in section, each end wound spirally along the hoop, with seven amulets or beads, including an amber bead, a carnelian phallic pendant with gold mount, a spherical banded onyx bead, a pointed agate pendant suspended from a gold loop, an amber bead with drilled detail, a rock crystal pendant with gold mount, and a hematite pendant.
Just talked to a guy who met Johnny Depp and Amber Heard a couple weeks ago. He said Amber was the most polite person and Johnny spent about $400 in this antique store that I’m in and bought some antique poison bottles.