A PAIR OF BYZANTINE GOLD EARRINGS Circa 6th-7th Century B.C. Each crescentic in form, composed of strips of rectangular wire arranged in various spirals and figure-8 loops, the perimeter with nine ribbed tubes through which passes a plain wire threaded with pearls, a hinged arching ear wire above
Empress Theodora and the Byzantine Empire were the inspiration behind Karl Lagerfeld’s Paris-Byzance collection. Coco Chanel herself loved Byzantine jewelry and she borrowed motifs for the jewelry she designed. Both women, Empress Theodora and Coco Chanel rose from very humble beginnings to be very powerful women who exerted tremendous influence.