Ancient Mesopotamian Lunate Hoop Earrings

$1,750.00
About Details
These 2,000+ year old lunate hoop earrings were made using an ancient jewelers' technique of shaping a thin sheet of gold over a core made of pitch. This method of production was developed to economize on precious and expensive gold but had the unintentional side effect of making the earrings comfortably lightweight on the ear. One of the hoops in this pair is slightly different than it's mate, this is either because it has had some repair work done to it at some point, or it's also possible that it was made more recently (who knows how recently, could be 1000 years ago, could be ten years ago) as a replacement.

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  • Materials: 14k gold (tests), bitumen (pitch)
  • Age: 200 BC- 200 AD
  • Condition: Very good
  • Size: about 3/4"
  • Location: To see these earrings in person please visit our shop in Nolita, NYC.
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About Details
These 2,000+ year old lunate hoop earrings were made using an ancient jewelers' technique of shaping a thin sheet of gold over a core made of pitch. This method of production was developed to economize on precious and expensive gold but had the unintentional side effect of making the earrings comfortably lightweight on the ear. One of the hoops in this pair is slightly different than it's mate, this is either because it has had some repair work done to it at some point, or it's also possible that it was made more recently (who knows how recently, could be 1000 years ago, could be ten years ago) as a replacement.

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  • Materials: 14k gold (tests), bitumen (pitch)
  • Age: 200 BC- 200 AD
  • Condition: Very good
  • Size: about 3/4"
  • Location: To see these earrings in person please visit our shop in Nolita, NYC.
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