Roman Gold Earrings with Garnets

$918.74

A pair of beautiful gold earrings featuring circular hoops ending in one gold sphere. Dangling below is a larger sphere attached to a conical shape which is further adorned with delicate filigree along the rim. A deep red domed garnet is placed at the bottom of the gold cone.

Date: Circa 2nd - 3rd century AD
Provenance: Ex Japanese gentleman deceased collection, 1970-2010.
Condition: Excellent condition.

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SKU: LD-358 Category: Tag:

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. The Natural History, 11.50.

To find out more about the different stones used in Roman jewellery and different decorative metal works, please see our relevant blog posts: The History and Mythology of Gemstones in Ancient Jewellery and Decorative Metalwork Techniques

Weight 3.7 g
Dimensions L 4.1 x W 1.7 cm
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