Our modern drop earrings in 14K gold plate with carnelian celebrate three ancient objects in The Met collection: a gold lion-head pendant from Cyprus (2nd half 5th century B.C.); an Egyptian shen motto clasp (ca. 1648-1540 B.C.); and a Sasanian wall panel (ca. 6th century). For centuries, global cultures have crafted jewelry with protective charms that wearers believe will enhance their personal power: symbols of religious faith, images of fierce creatures, bells to summon ancient spirits, and beyond.