Ancient Greek Gold and Carnelian Earrings


A fine pair of ancient Greek gold earrings, each featuring a round-sectioned hoop enriched by decorative pendants. These are formed of a discoid gold bead, hammered from a thin layer of gold, below which a large carnelian bead and a small pearl are held together by a finely twisted gold wire.

Please note that the stand is for reference only.

Date: Circa 4th-2nd century BC
Condition: Fine condition.


SKU: MG-360 Category: Tag:

As in many ancient societies, jewellery was an important social marker used to demonstrate wealth and richness. In Ancient Greek culture jewellery was worn in everyday life but was also buried with the deceased as part of his or her funerary outfit. Jewellery might have been enriched by precious and semi-precious stones and decorative motives would have included popular myths, gods, goddesses, and heroes.

To discover more about gemstones in Antiquity, please visit our relevant blog post: The History and Mythology of Jewellery in Antiquity.

Weight 3.14 g
Dimensions W 1.4 x H 3.2 cm



Semi-Precious Stones