Apr 22, 2008

Button

Button

500s

Rock crystal with a garnet mounted in a gold granulated star

Diameter: 3.1 cm (1 1/4 in.)

Gift of Mrs. Horace Kelley 1946.259

Description

The decorative technique known as granulation had been used in Etruscan, Greek, and Roman jewelry well before this Byzantine piece was made. Granulation is when tiny spheres or “granules” are attached to a piece. It can be seen here in in a rock crystal button decorated with a six-pointed star, with a simply set garnet in the center.

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