Pair of Roman Gold Earrings with Glass Beads and Pearls


A pair of fine Roman gold earrings featuring a gold wire hoop with a hook-and-eye closure. Three loops are applied to the lower edge of the earring. A pendant formation enriches the earrings featuring a pearl set in a gold frame, a turquoise-coloured glass bead and a smaller pearl attached to each loop. Beautifully translucent glass beads alternate in shape and shade of blue, the beads in the centre are trapezoid and deeper in hue, while the two on either side are pear-shaped and lighter in colour.

Date: Circa 1st – 3rd Century AD
Provenance: From a collection of a London lady, acquired annually during 1990s-2000s.
Condition: Good Condition. Some signs of wear to the gold consistent with age.

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The ancient Romans considered jewellery to be an essential accessory, for it provided a public display of their wealth. Roman jewellery at first followed trends set by the Etruscans, using gold and glass beads. However, as the power and spread of the Roman Empire increased, so too did jewellery designs which became increasingly elaborate. Different cultural styles from Greece, Egypt, North Africa, and the Orient were all incorporated to reflect Rome’s prosperity as a dominant, conquering city. Earrings are known as one of the earliest forms of jewellery, they were used as a means of embellishing the face. Pliny the Elder suggests earrings were the most popular and worn piece of jewellery by Roman women.

To find out more about decorative techniques of ancient jewellery, please see our relevant blog posts: Decorative Metalwork Techniques

Weight 12.28 g
Dimensions L 5.3 x W 2.6 cm




Semi-Precious Stones

Reference: For a similar item,The British Museum, item 1917,0601.2682

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