In the Kingdom of Time lived a royal family consisting of the king, queen, twin princesses, and a prince. One of the twin princesses was wearing a pink shirt, pink half top, pink high heels, loads of outstanding jewelry, loads of make up, and a hair pin and necklace that both symbolize the sun. This twin princess had golden hair as well as a rich mixture of blue and light blue eyes. She was spoiled and has a naturally sassy voice. This princess’s name was Izabella. One day, Izabella was walking on the palace pave walk to go to her friend’s house.
~Bracelets from the Olbia Treasure.
Creator: Greek (Artist)
Period: Elements: late 2nd century BC; Setting: 1st century BC (Greco-Roman).
Medium: gold, garnet, amethyst, emerald, pearl, chrysoprase, glass, enamel and modern replacements.
Geography: Olbia (present-day Parutino, Ukraine) (Place of Discovery).
This outstanding example of jewelry from the 1st-century-BC Greek colonies in the Black Sea region is purported to belong to the famed Olbia treasure, named for the town in present-day Ukraine in which it was discovered at the end of the 19th century. Whether the bracelets, necklaces, earrings, dress ornaments, and other items in the Walters’ collection really came from the same tomb remains unclear. These impressive bracelets have a centerpiece linked by hinges to the two arms. Each bracelet can be closed with a pin that runs through intertwining hoops. The lavish embellishment includes granulation, cloisonné work, and beading as well as multicolored enamel and gemstone inlays in various settings. Using multiple colors and sizes of gemstones became common in Greek jewelry making after the conquest of the East by Alexander the Great (356-323 BC), which opened up new trade routes and introduced the Greeks to Oriental styles.