A beautiful pair of Roman gold earrings in a star design, accentuated with glass stones. These earrings are set with simple gold swan neck hooks. The main design shows a star with eight points, set around a gold circular centre, and with gold filling the spaces between the star’s points. The main design gives way to three hanging glass stones per earring. These are attached via thin golden rods which display a beautiful notched design. The stones are held on these rods with a spiralised finish.
Date: Circa 3rd - 4th Century AD Condition: Fine condition.
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, but as the power and spread of the Roman Empire increased, so too did jewellery designs 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. Archaeological finds of Roman jewellery are relatively rare, considering the magnitude of Roman civilisation, and the historical and geographical span of the Empire.
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