Tag Archives: Tbilisi

Museum of Georgia: Jewellery Collection – gold

On Tblisi’s grandest boulevard, Rustavlis Gamziri, stands the Museum of Georgia. And in the basement of the Museum of Georgia, you’ll find the Archaeological Treasury, a breathtaking array of jewellery made from gold and precious stones, that dates back to the 3rd century BC. Here are a few of my personal favourites from the Treasury.

From the 2nd century BC, this stunning necklace of gold beads with an agate centrepiece.

 

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Museum of Georgia: Jewellery Collection – jet and cloisonné

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.

 

 

 

Tbilisi: Museum of Fine Arts, Treasury

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.

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