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Gold plaque with tiger and griffin motifs, 5-3 C BC; collection of Ningxia Museum, China

Gold plaque with tiger and griffin motifs, 5-3 C BC; collection of Ningxia Museum, China

Ear pendant with riders. Sirkap, Taxila, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province 1st century CE (Gandhara Culture). Gold and turquoise. H. 4 5/16 in.

Ear pendant with riders. Sirkap, Taxila, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province 1st century CE (Gandhara Culture). Gold and turquoise. H. 4 5/16 in.

Set of jewelry.  Period:     Late Archaic. Date:     early 5th century B.C. Culture:     Etruscan. Medium:     Gold, glass, rock crystal, agate, carnelian.

Set of jewelry. Period: Late Archaic. Date: early 5th century B.C. Culture: Etruscan. Medium: Gold, glass, rock crystal, agate, carnelian.

Islam: Along with mosaics, Islamic culture can also be tied to having ornate, colorful jewelry often depicting religious symbols. "Ear pendant with riders. Sirkap, Taxila, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province 1st century CE. Gold and turquoise. H. 4 5/16 in. (10.9 cm)."

Islam: Along with mosaics, Islamic culture can also be tied to having ornate, colorful jewelry often depicting religious symbols. "Ear pendant with riders. Sirkap, Taxila, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province 1st century CE. Gold and turquoise. H. 4 5/16 in. (10.9 cm)."

Gold Etruscan strap necklaces from the Tuscan Maremma (6th century BC). The first one of plaited wire and suspended chains, beads, rosettes, acorns, lotus flowers and buds. The second necklace is hung with the heads of a river-god, sirens, flowers, buds, scarabs and settings for onix gems and amber.

Gold Etruscan strap necklaces from the Tuscan Maremma (6th century BC). The first one of plaited wire and suspended chains, beads, rosettes, acorns, lotus flowers and buds. The second necklace is hung with the heads of a river-god, sirens, flowers, buds, scarabs and settings for onix gems and amber.

Sarmatian Gold Choker with Mythical Beasts Inlaid with Turqoise and a Large AmethystCabochon Culture : Avar, Sarmatian, Scythian Period : 1st century B.C. - 1st century A.D. Material : Gold, Garnet

Sarmatian Gold Choker with Mythical Beasts Inlaid with Turqoise and a Large AmethystCabochon Culture : Avar, Sarmatian, Scythian Period : 1st century B.C. - 1st century A.D. Material : Gold, Garnet

Hat-top ornament, from Nanjing, c. 1420-21, gold, decorated with gemstones. Excavated from the tomb of Zhu Zhanji, Prince Zhuang of Liang, and of Lady Wei at Zhongxiang, Hubei province. © Hubei Provincial Museum 湖北省博物馆

Hat-top ornament, from Nanjing, c. 1420-21, gold, decorated with gemstones. Excavated from the tomb of Zhu Zhanji, Prince Zhuang of Liang, and of Lady Wei at Zhongxiang, Hubei province. © Hubei Provincial Museum 湖北省博物馆

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