Roman Gold Earrings with Amethyst


A matching pair of Roman gold hoop earrings, decorated with filigree work to the edges. A round, gold drop pendant hangs from the hoop, terminating in a tear drop bead of purple amethyst.


Date: Circa 1st - 3rd century AD
Provenance: From a private London based ancient jewellery collection, 1970's.
Condition: Excellent


SKU: AH-647 Category: Tag:

The word amethyst comes from the Greek word amethystos, meaning sober. In ancient Greek and Roman culture, the amethyst gemstone was associated with the god of wine, Dionysus, and it was common practice to serve this beverage from amethyst goblets in the belief that this would prevent overindulgence. Romans and Greeks would also stud their drinking vessels with amethyst and wear the stones on their bodies.

To find out more about ancient jewellery please see our relevant blog post: The History and Mythology of Gemstones in Ancient Jewellery.

Weight 4.1 g
Dimensions L 4.1 cm



Semi-Precious Stones