In the East as in the West, the jewel not only embellishes who wears it, but also protects and carries luck. It is called jewel-talisman or amulet. The study of antique written sources makes it possible to better understand the protective and power properties attributed to materials, such as metals and ornamental stones. Come discover the masterpieces of Ancient goldsmiths and Medieval jewelry which stand out for their prophylactic functions. Even today, jewelers are inspired by stars or animal figures in order to create precious talismans.
Valérie LAUZE, University Professor of Middle-Ages language and literature, Aix-Marseille University
Céline GASLAIN-LEDUC, Doctor in Art History, specialist of Ancient jewelry and Professor at L’ECOLE, School of Jewelry Arts