Celebrating ancient artists: Announcing our new line of brooches inspired by iconic ancient artworks!
This piece is called a fibula, and the fibula was a very common piece of adornment across cultures, in ancient times. Thousands of Etruscan, Greek and Roman examples are known, today, and they are of surprisingly diverse sizes, shapes, and metals. In terms of metals, bronze was the most common material, but gold was the most prestigious. Furthermore, while the smallest gold examples are approximately one centimeter in length, one of the largest examples found measures nearly 45!
Fibulae are the equivalent of our safety pins, today. They have the same simple corner spring, the same needle, and the same safety clasp that both holds and protects the needle and forms a completed loop for security, once closed. Because metals were expensive, in ancient times, having items made of metal said something about you - it said that you had money. Thus, these items were luxury items that were usually worn in order to announce one's status. In fact, archaeological evidence has shown that a person might wear several of these on the front of their clothing.
Though they looked like safety pins, therefore, it should be understood that the fibulae were more like our brooches, today: ornamental, rather than purely functional.
Our thin and gorgeous bow fibula is based on an example from Cyprus dating to the sixth century BC now housed in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, in New York City.
"Sicilia" was the first Roman province (by 212 BC), and is the island of Sicily! Before Roman presence on the island, Sicily was largely Greek, as it was settled by colonists as a part of Greece's massive expansion efforts underway across the Mediterranean at the time. The colonies in the south of Italy and the island of Sicily were known as Magna Graecia ("Greater Greece"). As a Roman province, Sicily was essential as an exporter of grain, the staple of the Roman diet, and her imports were much needed in the capital city of Rome. Her Greek art and culture were also admired, and much coveted, by the Romans.
Available in two sizes: 5 x 4 cm and 4 x 3 cm (length x height)
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Available Precious Metals and Prices (Small and Large Pin)
925 Sterling Silver: $120 and $140
18 Karat Gold Over Sterling Silver: $220 and $260
14 Karat Gold: $380 and $540
18 Karat Gold: $600 and $900
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