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. Pearls especially were highly treasured by the Romans, worn as a public display of richness and prestige. Many Roman funerary portraits excavated in Egypt, show women of the high society wearing gold earrings with pearls.
Beautiful matching pair of Roman Earrings
An extremely fine matching pair of ancient Roman gold earrings, each featuring a hook-shaped suspension attachment, an open cell set with a polished oval banded agate stone and a drop pendant. The oval-shaped central element features a beautifully modelled open work gold sheet arranged in a leaf like motif around the stone. Below leads to two gold drop pendants attached through a coiled wire and two round hoops. Each drop pendant is composed of a round dark blue glass bead, and a single small pearl. Beautiful mother of pearl like iridescence can be seen on the glass beads. The earrings are modelled using high karat gold, around 22-24 karat. Stand is not included.
Provenance: From the collection of a Japanese gentleman, deceased (1970-2010); collected in the 1990s.
Condition: Very fine, suitable for modern wear with care. Please consult a professional jeweller for alterations.