Audrye Beneyt – The Language of Metal Learned Through a Roman Necklace

Bio: Magistra Audrye Beneyt, OP is a companion of the Maunche who transitioned from scribal arts to working with metal in June of 2022.  Her primary interests run from Etruscan through to Imperial Rome and Byzantine jewelry with a current focus on the creation of loop-in-loop chain. Much of her knowledge has been self taught through experimentation. 


The art of working with metal comes with a language all of its own. Much like many professions, the language can be confusing to those who are looking on from the outside. The use of jargon when sharing works with others presents a potential for disconnect, with the receiver of information not being clear on the meaning of words used and therefore losing interest in the topic. I chose to create a rendition of an extant piece featuring gold and amethyst on display at the Victoria & Albert Museum in South Kensington, England. Through the process of recreating this necklace from Imperial Rome around 100-200 C.E., I learned a great foundation in the language of metal which will be built upon for years to come.

Full Documentation, Including Additional Pictures 

Full Process Photos

5 thoughts on “Audrye Beneyt – The Language of Metal Learned Through a Roman Necklace

  1. This is so pretty! I love the lyre shapes — this is the first time I’d seen them in a Roman context. I appreciated reading your documentation and seeing how you crafted your version in context with the original. Thank you for sharing!

  2. This is an amazing project! I love the details presented in the documentation and the beauty of the finish necklace.

    Also, I am so intrigued by the question you presented in regards to material choice. I spent some time pondering the idea of matching the look of a finished item vs. matching the characteristics of the extant wire. I suspect I am going to be thinking about that for a long time. Thank you!

  3. I really love the wire worked shapes here. I’ve been admiring your progress on Facebook, so I know your next projects are going to be amazing!

    -Anna, OL. Trimaris.

  4. Your piece is beautiful, and it looks very true to the model. It was fascinating to read about your experiments with metal forming, soldering, etc. Thank you for sharing this project!

  5. A truly beautiful piece. You succeeded really well in emulating the inspiration piece. I hope you wear it with pride!

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