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.

Gold of Troy: Priam's Treasure - Gold Jewelry

The gold work of Troy, found by Schliemann. Found in the Archaeological Museum in Istanbul.

The gold of Troy: Earrings.

Earrings that resemble the ones worn by Heinrich Schliemann’s wife in pho­to­graphs. Found in the Archaeological Museum in Istanbul.

Gold of Troy: Priam's Treasure - Gold Pendants

Detail from gold diadem with pendants. Sixty-four small chains, each with links interspaced by gold-leaf lozenges, are suspended from a long, narrow band with 3 holes on each end. The shorter central chains are framed on each side by seven longer chains that converge and terminate in four gold-leaf pendants. This image shows one of these side groups. Found by Schliemann at Troy.

Gold of Troy: Priam's Treasure

Selection of gold diadems, necklaces, bracelets, rings, and assorted gold and bronze vessels found by Schliemann at Troy. Pushkin Museum, Moscow. 

Ancient Gold: Ram's Head

Ram's head rock-crystal bracelet styled like a torque (ca. 330-300 B.C.). Found in Macedonia, near Thessaloniki.

The Glauberg Gold Torc

On the Glauberg torc no less than ten human face-masks dominate the ring itself, while two grotesque figures with enlarged heads flank the pendant composition. 

The meaning of these faces is not easy to read, though in some instances they could have served as apotropaic symbols.