The first modern Olympic Games were held in Athens, Greece in 1896. Named after the fabled games of the ancient Greeks which were held at the temple of Zeus in Olympia between the 8th and 4th centuries, BC. Having grown up with the games, the idea of them doesn’t seem all that unusual to me, but of course when you think of it, it was a revolutionary sort of act, the idea of bringing together the entire world to compete in a spirit of sport and camaraderie. The first Olympic Games brought together 14 countries and 241 athletes, the last Olympics hosted almost 3,000 athletes from over 90 countries around the world.
This wonderful necklace was almost certainly made for the 1948 Olympics which were held in London after World War II had caused the cancellation of the 1940 and 1944 games. The city still had shortages due to the war and had minimal notice to prepare but the rose magnificently to the challenge and put on show that helped to heal the broken world. This necklace is an ode to the Olympics of old, the center features the iconic Olympic Rings colored in enamel, and the sides show six different Olympic sports with their greek names. The necklace is 18 inches long, the largest panel at the bottom is 24.5x19.3 mm and the smaller panels are 15.5x11.5 mm, the Olympic Rings measure 33.5x13.7 mm. This necklace weighs 22.5 grams.
A wonderful piece of history made in England around 1948 of sterling silver.
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