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.
Roman Earrings with Glass and Pearls
An extremely fine matching pair of ancient Roman gold earrings, each featuring a hook-shaped suspension attachment, a disc-shaped centre and an elaborately rendered drop pendant. The disc-shaped centre, further enriched by gold granules, leads to the gold drop pendant through a coiled wire and two round hoops. The drop pendant is composed of a flattened glass bead, set in a gold band, and a single river 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.
Condition: Complete and intact. These earrings are suitable for modern wear with modern hook or stud applied. Please consult a professional jeweller for any alterations.