|Byzantium now has an even wider range of
jewellery at the new shop in Rye, including ammonites, green amethyst,
dendritic agate, fossilised coral, larimar, ruby in zoisite, tanzanite,
natural jade, as well as a vast range of all the more usual stones. The building has been subject to an
archaeological survey, and is slightly older than we thought, dating from
the 1580's rather than 1605 as we were originally told.
This is exciting, as it means it is Elizabethan - Tudor, rather than Stuart; and Shakespeare was yet to write his most famous plays, and the Gunpowder plot not yet hatched!
|We also have an unusual range of gifts
from around the world, including silk lampshades from Vietnam, , handmade antique leather
books, photo albums and sketch books from India, silk scarves, many
varieties of incense, glass mosaic lanterns and votives, amongst many others.
At the time of writing (Christmas Eve), the shop has only been open a week, and the response has been fantastic - Rye is a lovely place and we have lost count of the number of people who have congratulated us and welcomed us to the heart of Rye Citadel.