Mastery of Design: A Curious Sapphire Dress-Pin, 100-130
The British Museum
Here's a curious, but attractive bit of sparkle from The British Museum. This Roman dress-pin dates to about 100-130. A work of carved sapphire and wrought gold, the piece depicts the bust of a woman sporting an elaborate coiffure. The odd part of the bust's hairdo is that, in the reverse, it reveals the face of a child. Hmmmm...
A modern gold pedestal was added to the original wrought gold setting which included the small diamond that's still visible at the bodice of the bust.