MATCHING SET OF ROMAN ROUND EARRINGS WITH A RED STONE
Measurements: height – 3.5 cm, width – 1.4 cm
Description: A matching pair of Roman gold earrings: oval hoop, closed-end fastened; decorated with a central shield-shaped plate with beaded wire around, with a red glass paste bead in the centre. Each has a gold drop with two volutes and a red glass bead. For display or modern wear (would not recommend opening the gap in the loop forcibly, but could be attached to modern loop adaptors). Striking or pressing the wire between dies on which the required pattern was engraved makes beaded wire we can observe on this piece. Using plain or beaded wire in various shapes for decorating jewellery is the basis of filigree technique. Glass paste was often used in jewellery for imitating precious stones such as rubies and garnets. The main centres for jewellery production in the Roman Empire were Alexandria, Antioch, Palmyra and Rome. Most goldsmiths in these centres were of Eastern origin. Earrings with pendants with beads were fashionable in this period; however, this piece is hard to parallel because of delicate volutes added.
Reference: Christie’s sale 8223, lot 694; Christie’s sale 2770, lot 423.
Period: 2nd – 3rd cent. AD
Condition: Very fine, with some encrustations to gold and glass.
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