If you want to acquire something truly unusual, consider purchasing a piece from the Dark Ages, a term widely used to the early part of the Middle Ages, from the fall of Rome in 476 AD to around the year 1000 AD. The art from this period includes many items such as illuminated manuscripts, lovely and detailed embroidery and metalwork. Phoenix Ancient Art owned by Hicham and Ali Aboutaam, offer antiques of this period. In the New York gallery now is a mid-6th century Merovingian earring in pristine condition. It is made of a large gold cube bead inlaid with garnets.