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Nike Riding a Chariot Pearl Brooch Necklace

One-of-a-kind intaglio produced in Italy from pâte-de-verre, or glass paste, using the lost wax casting technique. The individualized setting is made of 18 Karat gold-plated sterling silver and was designed and handcrafted exclusively for the Getty by California artist, Maria de la Luz. This necklace with four pearl accents depicts Nike riding a chariot in bright orange glass.

- Dimensions: Pendant measures 2 1/8 inches L x 2 3/8 inches W
- Chain measures 18 inches L
- Materials: 18K gold-plated sterling silver, glass, freshwater pearls, pin closure, lobster clasp closure
- Made in the USA
- Item #: 92920A

Intaglios, or engraved gems, are hand-carved from hard stones and typically feature an inscription or image on one side. Prominent figures in antiquity had unique intaglios, frequently mounted in a ring, which when pressed in wax served as a seal to authenticate important letters and make forgeries difficult. Beautifully carved ancient gems can be found throughout the Getty Villa's Antiquities collection.