Spanning over a millennia, the Byzantine Empire thrived between 330-1453 AD. At its height, its borders reached as far as the Mediterranean coast and North Africa, and saw close to one hundred emperors rule. With far reaching trade links to the East and West, it is unsurprising that jewellery produced by the Byzantine Empire had influence on style beyond its borders.The Byzantine era was a time of riches, so Byzantine jewellery was made with rich metals, like thick gold and silver, and served as a status symbol for those who wore it. The style of Byzantine jewellery is intricately detailed and woven in thick gold.
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