Roman Gold Hoop Earrings with Pearls

£ 395.00

A fine Ancient Roman matching pair of gold hoop earrings, each one featuring two drop dangles. The dangles, featuring twisted gold wires, are further enriched by suspended pearls. Hoop earrings were a favourite amongst Roman aristocracy. Weight: 3.04 g.

Date: Circa 1st-3rd Century AD
Provenance: From an important collection of a Japanese gentlemen, deceased, 1970-2015.
Condition: Very fine, one of the pearls is lightly damaged. These earrings are suitable for modern wear with modern hook or stud applied, (see last picture).Please consult a professional jeweller for any alterations.
Product Code: RES-136
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As in many ancient societies, jewellery was an important social marker used to demonstrate wealth. 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. Pearls especially were highly treasured by the Romans, worn as a public display of richness and prestige. Roman jewellery reflected the culture the Romans entered in contact with, and testified the prosperity and the power of the Roman Empire. Jewellery such as this fine example, were worn by Roman aristocracy, but not exclusively: some gold adornments were worn by the middle classes, soldiers and even freed slaves.

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

Dimensions L 2.5 cm
Region

Southern Europe

Metal

Gold

Semi-Precious Stone

Pearl

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