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. Glass paste especially became a favoured material used in Roman times to embellish earrings, necklaces and rings.
Pair of Roman Gold Earrings with Garnet and Blue Glass Beads
An extremely fine matching pair of Ancient Roman gold earrings, featuring D-shaped hoops decorated with delicate garnet stones, set in a gold cell with a twisted border, and centred by a single spiralling wire of gold. The earrings are further enriched by a conical gold pendant, modelled from a thin sheet of gold, and ending in a trio of round, cobalt blue glass paste beads. Some of the glass beads features a delicate iridescence. The earrings are modelled using high karat gold, around 22-24 karat.
Condition: Good condition. These earrings are suitable for modern wear with modern hook or stud applied. Please consult a professional jeweller for any alterations.