A beautiful pair of Roman gold earrings with ‘shield-bosses’ and narrow, finely decorated, teardrop-shaped pendants below. The oval shield-bosses are bordered with a fine, twisted wire and a single central granule. The pendants are similarly decorated with strands of twisted wire along their length with granules at each end, as well as pyramid granulation at the very bottom. The hoops are made from single strands of wire, fashioned into closed-end fastenings.
Date: Circa 1st-3rd century AD Condition: Fine condition. One shield-boss has become very slightly dented over time. A single strand of twisted wire is missing from one of the pendants. Both earrings feature slight encrustations. Please consult a professional jeweller for any alterations.
As in many ancient societies, jewellery was an important social marker used to demonstrate wealth in the Roman Empire. With the expansion of the empire, Roman jewellery became more elaborate in its design, as goldsmiths were influenced by the range of styles, materials and techniques used by craftsmen in these newly conquered territories. By incorporating these foreign techniques and new designs, Rome could reflect its position as a prosperous and dominant conquering city.
To discover more about Roman jewellery, please visit our relevant blog post: Roman Jewellery.
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