Their end pieces were sold either right there in their workshops or at village fairs held across the island.Methods such as repoussage (or punching), granulation and enamelling, and inlaying coloured stones appeared very early.
Archaeologists are certain that some members of the Phoenician aristocracy, who also held a high position in the city of Kition, maybe even a family member of the ruler of the city, resided here.
The metal-working techniques Cypriot jewellers used (which include filigree, granulation, niello and enamelling) rapidly advanced and they demonstrated exceptional artistry, the sophistication of which still fascinates experts and historians.
These unique finds (mostly rings, bracelets, gold bowls, gold earrings) can be found in the permanent collection at the Cyprus Museum, and in exhibitions at a number of major museums worldwide.
Most of the pieces were found in Engomi and near Salamina..
The late Bronze Age saw Cyprus really prosper with an influx of precious stones and metals.
- The Hellenistic period (325-50 BC) is often characterised by jewellery with elements made of gold leaf — for example, imitation olive leaves for a winner’s wreath.