The Irene Necklace is a circular-link chain, upon which is suspended a pendant. The pendant takes the shape of a Byzantine noble, wreathed at the edges by freshwater pearl, agate and jade. From short chains, three amethysts hang below.
Irene Doukaina was a Byzantine Empress of the 12th Century. She strongly wished to bring her daughter Anna to the throne. Although her plans failed, and she and Anna were banished, they were able to find refuge in a nunnery that Irene had founded earlier in her life. They lived here happily together in a community of women, serving the poor.
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