Jewelery Comes in All Shapes and Sizes

Gold Body Chain

Gold Body Chain

Today we sometimes see celebrities wearing jewelery a bit like this, a decorative centerpiece kept in place by chains running under the armpits to a back center piece with chains also running over the shoulders. They have quite a history, but few examples of historical body chains have survived. This example is from the Hoxne horde, which was buried in the 5th century AD in Suffolk, England. This is a Roman body chain, likely meant for a young, slender bride. It is very small and would only have fit a small, slender person. The back of the chain is centered on a coin representing Emperor Gratian, who reigned from AD 367-383. I am contemplating making one of these…though not out of precious jewels…

Here is a link to the British Museum’s site about it!


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