The Byzantine Empire succeeded the Roman Empire in the fourth century, and thrived for a thousand years. During this magnificent millennia, the Byzantines took inspiration from Greece, Egypt, Russia, Africa, and Asia, and created jewelry that was and still is the pinnacle of ornate opulence.
No civilization before or since, has been bold enough to create jewelry so confident, so in-your-face with its luxuriousness. We’re talking large pieces, powerful shapes, an abundance of precious metal, and often a magnificent gemstone at the very heart.
Our Byzantine Empire Pendant is a return to the glory days of the ancient Empire. The pendant features a lab-created ruby that’s chemically identical to a mined ruby, but with superior color saturation and clarity and is set in .925 sterling silver, finished with gold, and then antiqued for that ancient luxury look.
In the Byzantine era, you would have needed to be part of the ruling class to wear a piece of jewelry that looked like this. But Stauer is about bringing the high-end look to everyone, and so the Byzantine Empire Pendant is available for an accessible price, so you can make a statement, without worrying about your bank statement.