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.

The Staffordshire Hoard: Millefiori stud

This small stud, surrounded by gold and garnets, is a great example of early work with millefiori. Millefiori means 'One thousand flowers'.

Millefiori is an early glasswork technique, which was also found in the Sutton Hoo haul.

It is likely that the millefiori stud would have decorated a larger item.

You can see the intricately patterned gold foil that backs the garnets here! Millefiori stud

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