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This distinctive necklace takes its unusual design from a pair of beautiful earrings in The Met collection. The originals were was made in ancient Rome in the third century A.D., during the Mid- to Late Imperial period.

The striking earrings, delicately crafted of gold and silver, feature scrolling ornaments and dangling pendants adorned with green beads in the form of elongated octagonal prisms; the beads are fashioned from variscite, a phosphate mineral frequently found in a greenish hue. Rare beads of comparable size and shape have been found at Roman sites in Britain and in the Zamora province of Spain. The abstract simplicity of this ancient jewelry design retains its timeless appeal today.