Magical Bell Sterling Silver Necklace
The original of this mysteriously inscribed bell is in the collection of the British Museum. It is Italian in origin dated to the last quarter of the 19th century, but with a deeper history.
- Pendant: 3/4" long
- Chain length: 18"
- Necklace extender available here
This silver necklace charm of a bell is an exact copy, although on a much smaller scale, of an ancient engraved gold bell discovered on the Esquiline Hill in Rome. A two-line inscription in Greek characters appears on the four sides of the bell, each line ending in a palmette. The ancient inscription does not translate precisely. What can be deciphered indicates that the words are meant to be a magical charm to ward off evil. The 19th century bell was originally owned by Castellani, a famous jeweler of the period, who collected jewelry extensively. A charming gift of faith!
Sterling silver will retain its luster for years and frequent wearing of your jewelry will help prevent tarnishing. We recommend polishing your sterling silver jewelry with a dry silver polishing cloth available at most grocery or hardware stores. We do not recommend polishing with silver polish as this may remove the antiquing. When you are not wearing your jewelry, storing your silver in the jewelry bag in which it came will help prevent tarnishing.