Persian Agate Bracelet
Louvre Jewellery Collection
This bracelet is inspired by a long necklace of fine beads discovered in Susa.
The extraordinary variety of beads on this long necklace illustrates the taste for polychromy so typical of oriental jewellery, which reached its peak during the Persian period.
Craftsmen combined dozens of different stones with consummate artistry, producing contrasts in colours, materials, transparency and opacity to create a sumptuous and polychrome symphony, punctuated by gold beads formed of rows of fine granules, a characteristic of the Achaemenid period.
This necklace was discovered in Susa, one of the capitals of the Empire, in the tomb of a high ranking personality who was laid to rest in his sarcophagus wearing all his jewellery, with a silver cup, two alabaster vases and two coins at his side, that made it possible to date the sarcophagus to the end of the Persian Empire.