Ancient Roman Gold and Pearl Pendant


A fine ancient Roman gold pendant, featuring an elongated body comprised of a spring-like coiled gold wire ending with a pearl bead. The pendant is further enriched with a gold bead in the form of two stacked granulated rings above the pearl. The pendant is held in place with a gold pin going through the centre topped with a gold polygon-head decorated with a granule cluster in the shape of a pyramid on top. A gold wire has been twisted to form a suspension loop at the top and is further embellished with two granulated triangles to two sides.

Date: Circa 1st – 3rd Century AD
Provenance: Ex Japanese private collection, deceased, 1970-2010.
Condition: Very fine condition.


SKU: CY-41 Category: Tags: ,

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. Pearls were seen as highly prestigious and were originally only worn by royalty or of those with nobility. They were associated with the Roman goddess Venus, also known as Aphrodite in Greek mythology, goddess of love and beauty. There are many myths including pearls with Venus, for example, the tears or joy she shed were pearls while another states that when she was born from a shell, the water drops that were on her turned into pearls.

To find out more about the different decorative metal works, please see our relevant blog post: Decorative Metalwork Techniques.

Weight 2.3 g
Dimensions L 4.9 x W 1 cm


Semi-Precious Stones


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