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Of Great Historical, Artistic and Religious Importance – a Unique Byzantine Gold Medallion to be Auctioned by Roma Numismatics Ltd of Mayfair, London

LONDON, Aug. 29, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --

Ancient artefact expected to bring GBP800,000+ in Roma Numismatics' Sept. 28 auction; on display at 20 Hanover Square, Sept. 1-27. 

A unique and highly important Byzantine gold medallion is expected to fetch GBP800,000+ when it is offered at auction in September by London-based auctioneer Roma Numismatics Ltd. It is among 1,200 superb ancient Greek, Roman and Byzantine coins that are being sold in the firm's autumn auction. The medallion was struck as part of the grand imperial wedding celebrations for the princess Charito, daughter of the emperor Tiberius II Constantine, to Germanus, the supreme commander of the Byzantine armies, on or around Christmas Day in 583 AD. It weighs over 100 grams, and is one of the very largest gold medallions known to have survived antiquity.

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This grand imperial medallion depicts a remarkable series of illustrations from the story of the life of Christ as related by early Christian texts, of which some have no peer or parallel in surviving Byzantine precious metal art. The front features a highly detailed portrayal of the Annunciation, in which the Angel Gabriel delivers his message to Mary that she shall conceive the son of God. It also shows two smaller scenes of the Visitation and the Nativity. The whole of the reverse is dedicated to an image of Christ's Ascension to Heaven as his disciples look on. It is believed that this medallion preserves the earliest surviving images of the Annunciation and Ascension in gold.

The medallion is comparable only to the famous specimen in the Dumbarton Oaks Museum (Washington D.C., USA) with which it shares a great many similarities, and a lesser example currently residing in the Christian Schmidt Collection (Munich, Germany). All three appear to have been the work of the same imperial artisan and were produced within a very short time-span.

Richard Beale, director of auctioneer Roma Numismatics, said: "This incredible piece is tremendously significant, not only from a historical perspective, but also because of the rich religious symbolism woven into its design. The scenes as portrayed here became the standard model for all subsequent Byzantine and Orthodox depictions of these key moments from the life of Christ. It is thus of immense importance within the fields of both Byzantine and early Christian art."

Richard Beale, info@romanumismatics.com, +44-(0)20-3178-2874

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Japan Jewellery Fair 2014 Continues to Grow

TOKYO, July 18, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Japan is one of the largest, most affluent and -- importantly -- consistently strong jewelery markets in the world. To put it in perspective, Japanese consumers have accumulated savings of a staggering USD 14 trillion, and Tokyo has the largest GDP of any city in the world, exceeding even that of New York.

Ms Moeka Numata, the 2014 winner of the Miss Nippon Grand Prize beauty contest, will make an appearance on stage as the special guest of the event.
Ms Moeka Numata, the 2014 winner of the Miss Nippon Grand Prize beauty contest, will make an appearance on stage as the special guest of the event.
Ms. Moeka Numata, the 2014 winner of the Miss Nippon Grand Prize beauty contest, will make an appearance on stage as the special guest of the event.
Ms. Moeka Numata, the 2014 winner of the Miss Nippon Grand Prize beauty contest, will make an appearance on stage as the special guest of the event.
Ms. Hiromi Nagasaku, a famous Japanese actress, has been chosen as the “Woman of the Year 2014”.
Ms. Hiromi Nagasaku, a famous Japanese actress, has been chosen as the “Woman of the Year 2014”.

The Japan Jewelery Fair (JJF), co-organised by UBM and the Japan Jewelery Association, has played a prominent role for over 20 years for both local and international jewelery buyers as a place for stock purchasing ahead of the autumn, Christmas and New Year retail seasons. Even though the fair experienced a negative impact from the economic downturn precipitated by the Lehman Brothers bankruptcy in terms of the number of exhibitors in 2008, since then the number of exhibitors has been on an upward trend. JJF 2014 will comprise of over 420 exhibitors from 18 countries and regions and is expected to attract more than 15,000 Jewelery professionals.

Japan Jewelery Designers Association celebrates 50-year anniversary

The Japan Jewelery Designers Association (JJDA) will celebrate its 50th anniversary with a members' pavilion in JJF 2014 for the first time. Leading members of the association, including Mr. Tomoyuki Suganuma, the Chairman of JJDA, will be exhibiting at the fair for the first time and showcase their originally-designed jewelery, rich with uniqueness and ingenuity. In addition to the JJDA pavilion there will be four other designer pavilions at JJF 2014.

Competitive Prices, Top Quality and High Level of Trust: Japan is a great place to buy jewelery!

It is a well-known fact that the Japan pavilion is the most crowded pavilion at the Hong Kong jewelery fairs. Japanese pearls are always one of the leading attractions that capture international buyers' attention. Recently, Japanese jewelery exhibitors have also been very popular at overseas exhibitions because of their competitive prices and superior product quality. The weakening of the Yen has improved profit margins on Jewelery by 25% compared with just three years ago. So it is time to throw away the stereotype idea that everything in Japan is expensive. Actually, Japan is a great place to buy jewelery.

New Pavilion: Re-Styled Jewelery Pavilion -- The splendor of fine jewelery lasts forever!

Re-styled Jewelery, a thriving business trend in Japan, has become a significant market segment. Jewelery companies are purchasing back jewelery items from consumers and remodelling or remaking them for resale. This year for the first time there will be a Re-Styled Jewelery Pavilion at JJF where buyers can meet many of the leading companies in this field and source high quality products at extremely competitive prices.

Bridal Jewelery Zone

Because of their strong tradition of working with platinum jewelery, Japanese jewelery manufacturers have played a leading role in processing techniques for platinum and have been at the forefront of producing high-quality bridal jewelery. The Bridal Jewelery Zone is a showcase of exclusive collections of advanced designs which reflect the latest market trends not only in Japan but also in other Asian countries.

JJA Jewelery Design Award 2014 -- Miss Nippon Grand Prize winner to present the award

The JJA Jewelery Design Award, which is hosted annually by the Japan Jewelery Association, is the most prestigious jewelery design contest in Japan. The award is aimed at recognising and celebrating the very best in jewelery designs and designers, and encouraging excellence in creativity, technique and skills.

The winners of this year's JJA Jewelery Design Awards will be announced and presented with prizes at the fair ground on the first day of the fair. The presentation ceremony on stage will introduce the top eight award winning jewelery items through a fashion show that will bring alive the full creative spirit of the winning designs. Ms Moeka Numata, the 2014 winner of the Miss Nippon Grand Prize beauty contest, will make an appearance on stage as the special guest of the event.

Inaugural Jeweler's Choice "Woman of the Year" Award

The presentation of the "Jeweller's Choice: Woman of the Year" award will be held on the stage in the morning of the second day. The values that define women's lives today are becoming more and more diversified. Enigmatic women enjoy life in multifaceted ways with a variety of senses of worth. To receive the award, the organisers of JJF selected a woman from the worlds of show business, sports and society who are representative of fully enjoying and challenging life in a beautiful manner. This year, Ms. Hiromi Nagasaku, a famous Japanese actress, has been chosen as the "Woman of the Year 2014". The award presentation ceremony will be held on stage on the second day of the show.

Hiromi Nagasaku is a highly popular and successfully actress in both big-screen films and in television dramas. She is one of the most famous actresses in Japan and is in high demand for film and TV appearances. She is a role model for contemporary Japanese women as someone who is able to effortlessly balance her life as a celebrity, a wife and a mother.

Event Summary

Name:

Japan Jewelery Fair 2014

Dates:

26-28 August 2014

Venue:

Tokyo Big Sight Exhibition Center, East Halls 2 & 3



Organisers:

UBM Japan Co Ltd


Japan Jewelery Association



Supported by:

Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry


Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO)


Chamber of Commerce of Japan


Japan Pearl Promotion Society


Japan Gold Metal Association


Japan Watch Importers Association


All Japan Watch Retailers Association


Japan Jewelery Designers Association


The Japan Direct Marketing Association



In cooperation with:

Platinum Guild International K.K.

For further information contact:

UBM Japan Co Ltd, JJF Secretariat
Kanda 91 Bldg. 1-8-3 Kajicho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 101-0044
TEL: +81-3-5296-1020
FAX: +81-3-5296-1018
Email: info@japanJeweleryfair.com

Website: http://www.japanJeweleryfair.com

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