Ancient Roman Single Earring with Precious Stones and Pearls
An extremely elaborate Ancient Roman gold single earring, composed of an oval bezel set with a cabochon garnet and further enriched by two white pearls, and a gold suspension hook. The bezel leads to a gold chain, terminating in a clover-like shaped thin gold sheet, embellished by two circular cabochon garnet insets and a single reversed, drop shaped green glass cabochon. The clover-like sheet pendant features also two white pearls. This elegant piece of jewellery testifies to the great refinement and attention to detail of Roman goldsmiths.
Date: Circa 1st-5th century AD Condition: Extremely fine, suitable for modern wear.
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 the popular garnet. Interestingly, similar earrings featuring gold chains, dating to the 3rd century AD, have been recovered from the East Germanic regions. Byzantine jewellery was known also for the use of gold chain.
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