Arnold Lulls, from his sketchbook of jewelry design: aigrette, 1585-1640. Drawings in a calf-skin album. England. Via V&A
Date: ca. 5th century B.C.
Geography: Northern Black Sea region, possibly from Maikop
Dimensions: Each H. 1 in. (2.5 cm)
Jewel book of the Duchess Anna of Bavaria (1550) (complete set here Flickr)
7th Century AD
(Source: The British Museum)
Odrysian Wreath from Golyamata Mogila.
A golden wreath and ring from the burial of an Odrysian Aristocrat at the Golyamata Mogila tumulus, situated between the villages of Zlatinitsa and Malomirovo in the Yambol region. Dated to the mid 4th century BC.
1st Century BC
The elaborate earring depicts a Sphinx with a female head, pronounced breasts, and a bird’s body with raised wings seated on a trapezoidal base. She is heavily adorned, with a necklace, straps crossing between the breasts, and multiple garnets. The large, central stone of her headdress is missing, but above she is wearing the crown of the Egyptian goddess Hathor, consisting of a sun-disc inscribed in cow horns with two plumes above. Outside of the myths, the apotropaic character of the Sphinx as well as of other monsters such as griffins, sirens, and the Medusa could transform them into guardians and protectors, and make them in this case even into an appropriate motif for jewelry.
Source: The Walters Art Museum
Great George badge of the Order of the Garter, made in England, 1628-29 (source).