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