Ancient Roman Gold Necklace


An Ancient Roman gold necklace featuring the characteristic herringbone effect of the loop-in-loop attachment system. This is attained by pinching circular links at the centre to form an oblong shape, then bending them into a U-shape. The necklace terminates with an ornate gold clasp, decorated with filigree and gold granules.

Date: Circa 2nd Century AD
Condition: Fine condition, suitable for modern wear. The length half folded is 28.1cm


SKU: MG-148 Category: Tags: , ,

As in many ancient societies, jewellery was an important social marker used to demonstrate wealth and richness, which flourished during the Imperial era (27 BC – AD 1453). Following the spread of the Roman Empire, Roman jewellery became more and more elaborate in the designs and in the materials used, such as precious and semi-precious gemstones. The loop-in-loop attachment system produces a distinctive type of jewellery, popular in many ancient societies and first seen in gold chains from the Early Bronze Age. Other early examples have been found in Anatolia and Mesopotamia, Egypt and Crete.

Weight 20.95 g
Dimensions L 56.2 cm



Reference: For a similar item, please see The Metropolitan Museum, item 17.190.1653

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