Persian jewelry from the 11th century

Nikon 5400 Digital Capture This is a gold earring from Iran, thought to have been made in the early 11th century. It is 3.5cm and made from gold sheet, wire and granulation. The earring is currently in the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

persianecklace11thcent This element is merely a part of a larger necklace, made from gold sheet, wire and granulations. It has been set with rubies. The size is 5.08 x 5.08 x 0.9525 cm. It is currently in the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

persianring11cent This ring is from Eastern Iran, made between the 11th & 12th century. It is 2.19cm wide and 2.3cm tall. The ring is made from gold, set with turquoise and niello. It is in the Dar al-Athar al-Islamiyya Museum.

persianbracelet11thcent This is one of two matching bracelets (the other can be seen here) made from gold, shanked from gold sheet with soldered cats on it. 5.89 cm high and 6.15 cm wide, they are also inset with spinels. The bracelets are in the Dar al-Athar al-Islamiyya Museum. Details of the niello- persianbraceletdetail

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2 comments on “Persian jewelry from the 11th century

  1. Lynette Hobcroft says:

    I have a wee problem with the gemstones mentioned. In the first item, the stones look far more like garnets than rubies. I wonder if they’ve actually been tested. Garnets have a quality known as sub-adamantine lustre. It gives the surface a sort’ve mirror like silveryness.

    In the final bangle (one of a pair with cats) I was thinking that the main stone didn’t look like a ruby either. Upon checking the link, they’re actually spinels. That was obviously a typo but one can’t assume the museums get them right either.

    The Black Prince’s Ruby, a huge bloody thing, is set smack bang in the middle of the British Crown. It’s also a spinel but has been known by that name for so long it’s stuck. It’s misleading though for anyone who gives it more than a cursory glance. Totally different gemstone family and chemical makeup, which is important when one is tracking back the trading history of a country. Different hues in one gemstone alone can help determine where it originated, even down to the actual mine in some cases. Just think of a Burmese Sapphire (strong bright mid blue) compared to a dark Australian Sapphire (caused by the iron in our soil).

    Loved the post though. Gorgeous examples of eutectic soldering for the granulation/filigree work.

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