Byzantium, fabled capitol of the Eastern Empire. Home of the Hagia Sophia & the Golden Horn. After the fall of Rome, Byzantium -modern day Istanbul- became the capitol of an Empire that straddled Eastern Europe, Anatolia and part of Asia. The city endured as Christianity replaced the old Roman Pantheon and the Barbarians who had obliterated the Western Empire became the kings of Medieval Europe. Inspired by the art of the Byzantine Empire, these earrings are light, but very eye-catching. Each earring consists of a cast bronze (Byzantine Cross) element suspended from sterling silver ear wires and accented with a single cultured freshwater “coin” pendant pearl. Even the great Empress Theodora would have been impressed with these classic earrings.