Jewelry/Lapidary

Creating ornamental works from precious and semiprecious stones

Japanese tomb yields Roman jewelery

Glass beads found in a 5th century tomb near Kyoto, Japan probably originated somewhere in the Roman empire. The beads were made between the 4th and 1st centuries CE.

Queen's jewelery found in medieval toilet

Archaeologists excavating a latrine at the site of a palace outside of Paris, France have found a hair pin belinging to 16th century French queen Catherine de Medici.

Rome on the Rhine

If you believe the press, most important Roman activity took place in either Italy or Britain, but archaeologists and historians know a different story, as evidenced by the treasures of the Roman-Germanic Museum in Cologne, Germany. Deutsche Welle has a review. (photos)

[LOC] Maestra Oonagh A&S Collegia and Camel Feast

Learn how to make Medieval Clothing from various cultures and time periods.

Roman ornaments found in Sozopol, Bulgaria

Excavations by Bulgarian archeologists Dimitar Nedev and Tsonya Drajeva have unearthed Roman artifacts including a "massive gold ring and a gold leaf from a royal crown" at the site of the ancient city of Apollonia, now Sozopol.

Sweden's National Historical Museum artifacts online

The National Historical Museum of Sweden has created a website showcasing over 500 artifacts from many eras including the Viking Age.

Chicago meets the Mongols

Chicago is about to be invaded by the Mongols, or at least the Field Museum is when it presents Genghis Khan, "the largest single collection of 13th century Mongolian artifacts ever assembled," February 24 through September 3, 2012.

Portuguese medallion found in baby shark

Suseela Menon from Klebang, Malaysia was preparing lunch for her husband when she discovered a surprise in the stomach of a baby shark, the main course: a religious medallion believed to have been worn by Portuguese soldiers. (photo)

Lynn Museum acquires Roman fertility pendant

A grant has allowed the Lynn Museum near Norfolk, England to purchase a solid gold Roman pendant crafted in the shape of a phallus. The rare find, in excellent condition, was discovered last year by a metal detectorist. (photo - PG-13)

Estonian dig reveals coins and game pieces

Archaeological excavation at the future site for the Academy of the Arts in Tallinn, Estonian has produced several boxes of artifacts dating to the Middle Ages. Among objects found were bone jewelry, dice, and a piece from a board game.

"Cumbrian Dragon" may have belonged to a knight

A stunning miniature of a 15th century knight slaying a dragon has been found in Carlisle, England. The cast silver gilt piece is of high quality and thought to be a piece of jewelery rather than a pilgrim's badge.

Silver coins reveal previously unknown Viking ruler

The coroner in Lancashire, England has declared a hoard of Viking silver "treasure." The hoard, discovered by a metal detector enthusiast, consists of 201 coins, including some identifying a previously unknown Viking ruler of northern England, as well as jewelry. (photo)

Haidner Art Studio & Armoury

Haidner Art Studio & Armoury provides custom made armour for the discerning historical collector, re-enactor and martial artist. Based on designs from the middle ages and Renaissance, armour is built to be as close to the historical types as possible, given each client's budget and design specifications.

Inventory of Catherine Howard's jewels online

The Art History News blog has published the full transcribed inventory of Catherine Howard's jewels, from the manuscript in the British Library. The transcription was done by Tudor historian Alasdair Hawkyard and compiled by Nicholas Bristowe, who was clerk of the King's wardrobes.

Roman ring awarded to Welsh museum

The British Museum has given a Roman ring, found on Cefn Brithdir in Wales, to the Winding House Museum at New Tredegar for permanent display. The ring was discovered by a metal detectorist. (photo)

The cultural setting for Byzantine-Lombard jewelery in the early Middle Ages

In a paper for British Museum, Neil Christie looks at "cultural and socio-politico-economic context" of Byzantine-Lombard jewelery in 6th through 8th century. (photos)

National Geographic Magazine showcases Staffordshire Hoard

The November 2011 issue of National Geographic Magazine showcases the Staffordshire Gold Hoard, an historic treasure discovered in 2009 in Staffordshire, England with an article by Caroline Alexander.

Alchem Incorporated

Alchem Incorporated is a manufacturer of several lines of metal products. Alchem produces peerage and apprentice rings, fencing blades, hilts, and crossbow parts.

Early Roman burials wow Cirencester experts

Neil Holbrook, chief executive at Cotswold Archaeology, said he "can't underestimate the potential significance" of the discovery of more than 40 graves, dating to early Roman times, in Cirencester, England.

Viking silver "of national significance" found in England

Somewhere along the Cumbria-Lancashire border, a metal detector enthusiast named Darren Webster uncovered a simple lead pot, and out spilled a fortune in Viking silver. "That's when I noticed I'd found something of great importance," he said. (photo)

Help identify the Staffordshire Hoard "mystery object"

It's beautiful, but what is it? Archaeologists are asking that question about three gold and silver pieces from the Staffordshire Hoard that fit together. Guesses include a saddle fitting and the decorative terminal to a parchment scroll. (photos)

Metal detectorist finds Tudor wedding ring

An inscribed woman's wedding ring, believed to date to the Tudor period, has been found by a metal detectorist in Boroughbridge in North Yorkshire, England. The inscription on the gold ring is unreadable.

Nat Geo to explore Staffordshire gold

On Monday November 7, 2011, the National Geographic Channel will present two, hour-long programs on the Staffordshire Hoard, the Viking treasure discovered in 2010 in England. The programs are scheduled for 8:00 and 9:00 p.m. (EST).

Prestwich family treasures found on York farm

Craig Best and Derek Greenwell struck paydirt in 2010 when the two metal detectorists discovered a gold signet ring and a pilgrim badge bearing the image of St George. The coat of arms on the ring indicated that it belongs to the Prestwich family of Hulme in Manchester. (photo)

Intricate silver and carnelian ring found in North Yorkshire

A 13th or 14th century ring was discovered near Ripon, England in 2010 by metal detectorist Lindsey Holland. The silver and carnelian ring is expected to be declared treasure, making it available to be acquired by a museum. (photo)

Golden torcs bring finder £462,000 reward

David Booth is a happy man. The hoard of gold Iron Age torcs he discovered with a metal detector in 2009, were last year's most valuable treasure reported to the Queen's and Lord Treasurer's Remembrancer, bringing the finder a reward of £462,000. (photo)

14th century 'fede’ ring found in farmer's field

Metal detectorist James Goldswain found treasure in a farmer's field when he uncovered medieval silver gilt ring, known as a fede, or faith ring, near Bishopsbourne, England. (photo)

Viking artifact website

Dan Carlsson of the Fröjel Discovery Programme has posted an album of Viking artifacts from the harbor and lands around Fröjel, Sweden including explantion of the objects and how they were made.

Staffordshire Hoard exibit to come to Washington D.C.

You've read about it. You've seen the photos. Now you have the chance to see the wonders in person when one hundred artifacts from the Staffordshire Hoard go on display at National Geographic Museum in Washington D.C.

Lady George and the Dragon LLC

This shoppe has a large variety of gifts. From jewlery, rune sets, carvings, and chess sets, all hand made, to collectible figurines, blades and more. SCA merchanting, Rennfair merchanting and a retail store.