Ancient Roman Gold Hoop Earrings


A delicate pair of Ancient Roman gold earrings, each featuring a small circular loop formed from a single gold wire ending in a rounded cylindrical terminal.  Hoop earrings of this type would have been worn by the Romans as an every-day piece of jewellery, and rarely removed.

Date: Circa 1st - 3rd century AD
Condition: Fine condition, slightly bent, complete and intact.


SKU: BL-04 Category:

As in many ancient societies, jewellery was an important social marker used to demonstrate wealth. Following the spread of the Roman Empire, Roman jewellery became more and more elaborate in the designs and in the materials used, such as precious and semi-precious gemstones. Loop earrings, such as these, were among the most popular styles of earrings worn by Roman women. Such earrings would have been worn by straightening the gold wire through the pierced ear, and inserting the wire into the hollow cylindrical clasp.

Weight 1.5 g
Dimensions L 1.5 cm



Reference: For a similar item,Bonhams, London, Lot 234, 23 Oct 2012