Between Antiquity and Now

Vintage artist necklace with antique gems, Francesco Brunetti 1983

Powerful, large golden plaques present a roundelay of colorful gemstones. In seemingly random succession, they bear emeralds, carnelians, amethysts, garnets and numerous other stones. Irregularly shaped beads between the elements complete the design, which fits closely around the neck and brings its wearer close to a Roman citizen of antiquity. In fact, it is not only the joy of color, the beautiful workmanship that openly shows the work of the craftsman and the powerful, large design that reminds here of the jewelry of antiquity. The center of the necklace is adorned with three stones engraved as intaglio. On the left we see a winged figure, probably the god of love Cupid. On the right, a seated woman, and in the center, the same goddess in profile, wearing a diadem that identifies her as Hera, the wife and sister of Zeus. The necklace thus distinguishes its wearer, if one believes the gems, as the mistress of love, marriage and the home. The necklace was made in Italy, as a hallmark on the reverse reveals, more precisely, in Bologna. On the back we read the signature of the goldsmith Francesco Brunetti, as well as the dates 82/83. Brunetti (1941-1995) was a sculptor and goldsmith, and in his work he always dealt with the long tradition of art in Italy. In his works he repeatedly encountered antique gems and mythological motifs, but also mosaics and references to early Christianity. The necklace is in very good condition. An independent appraisal has confirmed the quality of the gemstones. We discovered it in Bologna.

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If for any reason you are still not satisfied, contact us and we will find a mutual solution immediately. Regardless, you can return any item within 30 days and we will refund you the full purchase price.