April 18, 2001
Ever since "Gladiator" cast its influence over clothing, making goddess looks chic again, the jewelry industry has been waiting for a return to interest in ancient-inspired jewelry styles.
Call it the Oscar effect, because Elle promptly featured "Greek Revival" styles in its April issue, noting that today's "angelic tops and draped dresses" call out for gold coin pendants, oversized intaglios and leaf-etched bangles.
Jewelers may still have some of these styles in their showcases, from the last period of interest in these motifs during the mid-90s, when Greek gold and Byzantine art exhibits captured consumers' attention at various museums.
The jewelers featured, clockwise from top left: Temple St. Clair Carr's gold vine bracelet, a coin belt from Fred Leighton that once belonged to the Duchess of Windsor, a banded agate ring from Fred Leighton, a Greek warrior-head brooch from Primavera Gallery, a cabochon carnelian intaglio ring and a Byzantine necklace from Antiquarium Ltd., an 18k gold coin ring from Bulgari and a red jasper intaglio ring from Fred Leighton.
- by Peggy Jo Donahue