Selection of chains from the Cheapside Hoard: 16th-17th century
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Selection of chains from the Cheapside Hoard. From top to bottom: Chain, of lapis lazuli cut 'en cabochon' and set in opaque white enamelled gold linked by white enamelled flowers. c.1560-1620. Lapis lazuli, although rare at this date, occurs in contemporary inventories of jewels and probably came from Afghanistan; Chain of almandine garnets with fancy-cut fronts and trap-cut backs in rectangular gold settings enamelled white; the garnets are linked by flowers decorated in cloisonne opaque enamel with white petals and blue centres; Gold chain, possibly a bracelet, enamelled and set with pearls and trap-cut rubies; Chain, gold with alternate roses and vine leaves linked by loops and staples.
1501 AD - 1625 AD