Roman Carnelian, Garnet and Pearl Pendant

£ 650.00

An elegant ancient Roman ornate gold pendant. The jewel features a long tubular carnelian bead, with two gold granulated beads to the top and bottom. Below it, a leaf shaped gold element, comprising an inset cabochon garnet and framed by a row of very fine granulation. A terminal with a pyramidal cluster of gold granulation and a suspended pearl completes this beautiful pendant, its delicate beauty witnessing the absolute mastery of ancient Roman jewellery makers. Weight: 2.86g.

Date: 1st -3rd Century AD
Provenance: From an important collection of a Japanese gentlemen, deceased, 1970-2015.
Condition: Extremely fine. Suitable for modern wear with care.


Product Code: RES-144
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As in many ancient societies, jewellery was an important social marker used to demonstrate wealth and richness. Greek and Roman jewellery was extremely elaborate in the designs and in the materials used, such as precious and semi-precious gemstones. Garnet was favoured in Antiquity due to its deep colouration and for the meaning that was attributed to it. In Ancient Greek and Roman mythology, Hades gave pomegranate seeds to his lover Persephone, as a token of safety, while she was leaving the underworld to join her mother Demeter in the human world. The semi-precious stone, recalling the colour and the shape of the pomegranate seed, became a typical gift exchanged between separated lovers. This delicate pendant might have been worn as a token of love. The leaf-shape pendant, resembling Cupid’s enchanted arrow points, here emphasises the connection with love.

To discover more about jewellery in the Ancient World, please visit our relevant post: Jewellery in Antiquity.

Dimensions L 5.7 cm

Southern Europe



Semi-Precious Stone

Carnelian, Garnet, Pearl

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