The images you'll see as you scroll down to the current text are all part of the story telling in my novel, Realms of Gold:Ritual to Romance.

Bianca Caldwell, pen name, Bianca Fiore, is a writer for an art magazine. In each of her monthly stories she describes an object used in ancient ritual.

Ancient Gold: Gold Torque Erstfeld Hoard

Gold torque from the Erstfeld hoard, around 380 BC. The famous Erstfeld hoard consists of a total of four torques, which go round the neck, and three arm rings, richly decorated with fabulous entwined figures. (Swiss National Museum)

Ancient Gold: Gold Torc of the Warrrior

Depictions of the gods and goddesses of Celtic mythology frequently show them wearing torcs. One of the earliest known depictions of a torc can be found on the Warrior of Hirschlanden (6th century BC)

This torc was found in a grave beside which stood the statue of the warrior. 

Figural and ornamental elements are suspended from the right, which also shows ten masks. The particularly striking feature is the three conical studs similar to those worn by the statue. They might all depict the same deceased.

Kunst der Kelten, Historisches Museum Bern.


This is a wonderful video showcasing the  most important of the Museum’s collections that of Georgian art, illustrating the development of the national artistic culture over many centuries from ancient times to the present.