Jet bracelet with ruby inlay
Astonishing to think that this solid jet bracelet dates back to somewhere between the 1st – 4th centuries AD. Georgians were creating cloisonné even then. However, at that time, cloisonné meant covering the entire surface of a gold item with flatly cut coloured gemstones. In this case, the stone is ruby.
The exquisite 12th century cross of Queen Tamara: front and back views
Back in the 6th century BC, when Anglo-Saxons were working in iron and bronze, Georgians were making the most extraordinary jewellery in gold. If you’re in Tbilisi you must, must, must see the superlative results of their labours.