A pair of delicate openwork Roman gold earrings featuring a large central rosette disc, decorated with an original pearl bead at its centre. A volute attachment adds further decoration, with an encased garnet cabochon at the core. Three hanging pendants fall elegantly, a small garnet bead to the centre, bordered by two vibrant green glass beads. There is an open hook attachment to rear.
Date: Circa 1st - 3rd century AD Condition: Excellent
During The Roman Empire jewellery became quickly a fundamental and essential social display of wealth. Following the spread of the Roman Empire, Roman jewellery became more and more elaborate in the designs and in the materials used. Semi-precious gemstones, such as garnet and pearls, were used to enrich and gold was favoured by the elite. Roman gold jewellery was made primarily of a high carat gold, close to 24 carats. The high grading and purity of the gold provides the vibrant colour and texture familiar to ancient jewellery.
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