Jewelry/Lapidary

Creating ornamental works from precious and semiprecious stones

New Viking Find in Western Norway

A newly discovered 9th Century grave in Western Norway is yielding many treasures. The grave of a female has so far produced jewelry, many pearls, glass beads, scissors, a knife and other household utensils. The quality and size of the finds indicate a high status grave.

Roman Coins Offered to Placate the Gods?

Archaeologists working near the city of Cuijk in the Netherlands have discovered a cache of 3rd century Roman coins and other treasures, apparently as an offering at the spot where a bolt of lightning had struck.

New museum explores legend, science of amber

Elektron, anbar, bernstein, Baltic gold -- by any name, amber has been treasured since ancient times. The Polish city of Gdansk, a world center for amber crafting, recently acquired a new museum devoted to studying the world's most prized sap.

Dragon Fire Design

Dragon Fire Design is a small craftshold specializing in custom silver and gemstone jewelry, goblets, tiaras, enamels, hand carved wooden staves, and fantasy art. They have a catalog with some ready-made items, but their specialty is custom artistic designs created for the individual purchaser.

Byzantine Exhibit Includes Classical Themes

An exhibition of Byzantine artifacts shows how the classical style of the Greeks and Romans carried over into the Middle Ages. The Road to Byzantium: Luxury Arts of Antiquity, an exhibit which runs through September 3, 2006 at London's Sometset House, shows a wide range of pieces decorated with classical themes.

Pictures, Articles Wanted for SCA Projects

Vallawulf has announced that he is looking for help on several ongoing projects for the SCA.

Medieval Code Ring Brings Wealth and Glory to Metal Detector

Metal detector enthusiast John Wood certainly didn't expect to strike it rich four years ago when he discovered an odd-looking gold ring, but the 650-year-old artifact is now set to sell at Christies for UK£100,000.

Kingdom of Atlantia Seeks Bids for New Crowns

Under the direction and Patronage of Michael and Seonaid, King and Queen of Atlantia, the New Regalia Committee is seeking bids for the design and construction of new crowns.

Isle of Wight Hobbyist Finds Period Gold Brooch

Two friends with metal detectors turned up a gold annular brooch on the Isle of Wight.

Unprecedented Brooch Find near Hadrian's Wall

A remarkable brooch, probably the property of a very senior Roman legionary, has been discovered in Northumberland. The object is outstanding for its size and workmanship and also because it is marked with two personal names.

Athena's Grove

Athena's Grove, Inc., provides gorgeous trims that will make your garb dazzling. They have Celtic, European and Middle Eastern styles and many other beautiful designs. They also carry many Pagan and new age items including Amy Brown pendants and earrings and tarot decks. Mention that you saw them listed on SCAtoday.net, and they offer a discount.

11th Century Fatimid Gold and Silver Jewelry Found

A cache of gold and silver jewelry dating to 638-1099CE has been discovered in Ramle, Israel.

Athena's Grove Inc.

Athena’s Grove provides the historical re-enactment community with gorgeous trims that make your clothing really stand out and get noticed. Also to be found are many high-quality sterling silver jewelry items, tarot decks and other ritual items and relaxation CDs.

Gold Ring Provides Link Between British and New World

A gold ring, discovered by in 1998 by archaeologist David S. Phelps, may provide evidence of the contact between British explorers and Native Americans in the late 16th century.

Art Thou Glorious

Art Thou Glorious has taken chainmail out of the realm of armor-making and into the realm of artistic jewelry. All of the jewelry is created using saw-cut rings, and the jewelry is tumbled to create a perfectly comfortable piece of jewelry. This means the jewelry will never scratch, pinch, catch hair, or tear silks. The chainmail items are unique creations and include some of the most intricate jewelry available.

Nagle Forge & Foundry

Nagle Forge & Foundry is a small family-operated casting company that specializes in crafting historically inspired and limited edition jewelry and clothing fasteners from the finest lead free pewter, sterling silver or 14k gold. They offer cloak clasps, kilt pins, religious pieces, wedding rings and more. Periods of inspiration include the late Roman Empire, the Early and High Middle Ages, the Re

Textiles, Metalwork and Art from Ottoman Empire Now at Smithsonian

The weekend before Atenveldt and Gleann Abhann’s coronations, the first-ever international exhibition devoted to imperial Turkish robes, or kaftans, dating to the 16th-17th centuries, opened at the Smithsonian Institute’s Sackler Gallery.

Touch of Wearable Whimsy

A Touch of Wearable Whimsy sells unique, handcrafted, affordable jewelry. All jewelry is made using sterling silver components gemstones and swarovski crystal. Styles of jewelry include chandelier earrings, Celtic-inspired jewelry, Pagan jewelry, gemstone jewelry, wire jewelry, and the occasional surprise.

Celtic Home & Hearth

Celtic Home & Hearth sells Celtic and Renaissance merchandise such as Celtic and Renaissance Bridal jewelry, Wedding items (cake toppers, toasting glass, lucky six pence, Celtic bridal veils, etc.), Celtic sterling and gold jewelry, puppets, Celtic cross stitch kits and cross stitch patterns, cloaks, shirts, kilts, Celtic and Renaissance inspired T-Shirts, silk and cotton scarves, books, book bags, throws, music CDs, bodhrans, tin whistles, chanters, Celtic baby items, collectibles, and even canned haggis!

Odds 'n' Sods for Re-enactors

Odds'n'Sods is based in Australia, and they sell all items of embellishments from braid to aglets, charms, and buttons, plus much more. They also stock many other items that would make your re-enactment atmosphere that bit more authentic and special.

Iron Age Woman Found in Denmark

The skeletal remains of an Iron Age woman have been discovered in an ancient grave site near Copenhagen, Denmark. Believed to be from the 5th century, the woman was buried with her jewelry.

Viking hoard found in Norway by five-year-olds

While playing in their yard, three five-year-old boys from northern Norway found a silver buckle and a necklace with a dragon motif that have surprised many archaeologists. The pieces are identified as Viking jewelry and date back to 800-900 CE.

Rose & Crowne

The Rose & Crowne features fine Renaissance clothing such as bodices, chemises, tunics, capes, cloaks, mantles, and more. Handmade, leather blank journals and hard bound books are perfect for the minstrel and the cook in which to keep all your creations. They also offer their own line of cooking spices and herbs, many of them organically grown.

DeCordene Wireworks

DeCordene Wireworks is a chainmail purveyor offering armor, jewelry, fun stuff, ladies' wear, loose rings (over 370 styles), tools, custom work, specials, garage sale and miscellaneous items. The web site also offers How-To guides with a sizing chart.

Darkridge Jewels

Darkridge Jewels is a goldsmith and silversmith, and offers items of the lapidary arts as well. They feature handcrafted jewelry, crowns, and coronets.

Unique 16th Century Russian Jewelry Found

A cache of 16th Century jewelry has been found in Kaliningrad and is said to be unlike any found previously in the area.

Burnt Village Wares

Burnt Village Wares is a merchant source for all things Norse -- swords, knives, axes, spears, throwing knives & axes, chain mail, jewelry, handcrafted items, drinking horns.

Anglo-Saxon Pendant Declared Treasure

An early 7th century oval pendant discovered near West Shropshire, England, has been declared a treasure by the coroner at the Shrewsbury Coroner's Court.

Chatelaines and Brooches

We all know about the Chatelain(e) as an SCA officer who helps newcomers, but the medieval root of this name has more to do with accessorizing than acclimating. Aoife's Links this week explores the "jewelry-and-keychain variety" of chatelaine.

Scotsman Demands Return of Lewis Chessmen

Scottish nationalists are demanding the "repatriation" of the 12th century Lewis chessmen now held by the British Museum.