Roman Gold Earrings With Garnets

$642.87

A finely modelled pair of Ancient Roman gold earrings, each featuring a loop with closed hook, decorated with a flower-shaped disc and a garnet tear-drop shaped pendant. Further enrichment includes a gold granule at the base of the flower-shaped disc. The use of flowers, especially daisies, as a decorative motif is driven from Hellenistic jewellery.

 

Date: Circa 1st - 3rd century AD
Condition: Very fine condition. These earrings are suitable for modern wear with modern hook or stud applied. Please consult a professional jeweller for any alterations.

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SKU: LD-36 Category: Tag:

The Roman Empire enjoyed wearing jewellery, women in particularly adored earrings. In Pliny the Elder’s book, The Natural History, he describes women to have spent more money on their ears than any other body part. Women highly valued jewellery, it was considered to be their own property and kept separate to their husband’s wealth providing them with a sense of authority when concerning these items.

To find out about the meanings of gemstones and semi-precious gemstones in Antiquity, please visit our relevant blog post: The History and Mythology of Gemstones in Ancient Jewellery.

Weight 3.8 g
Dimensions L 3.3 x W 1.1 cm
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