Roman Gold Pendant with Garnet

£ 650.00

An exquisite Ancient Roman gold lozenge-shaped pendant, with three beaded dangles and a ribbed suspension loop at the top. Modelled from a sheet of gold into a box, the pendant comprises a very fine filigree border, four clusters of applied granules placed on the corners and surrounding a central round garnet cabochon set in a raised cell with a filigree frame. Round hoops on the three bottom corners lead to gold drop pendants through a loop and coiled wire, each with a suspended pearl. This beautiful piece testifies the great refinement and attention to detail of Roman goldsmiths. Weight: 2.14 g.

Date: Circa 1st – 3rd Century AD
Provenance: Property of a North London gentleman; acquired on the UK art market.
Condition: Extremely fine, the gold is in excellent condition. Suitable for modern wear with care.


Product Code: RES-134
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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 connection with love is here emphasized by the leaf-shape pendants, resembling Cupid’s enchanted arrow points.

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

Dimensions L 3.3 cm

Southern Europe



Semi-Precious Stone

Garnet, Pearl

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