Ancient Roman Gold Earrings with Discs and Garnet Beads
An extremely fine pair of Ancient Roman matching earrings, each modelled in high karat gold and featuring a discoid body, leading to a rectangular-shaped attachment. Further embellishments include a granule to the top of the discus, three to the rectangular attachment, and twisted gold wire between the discus and the attachment. Two drop-like pendants, ending in dark garnet round beads, complete these elegant earrings. Fastened hook to the reverse. Disc shaped earrings, presented either in simple or more elaborate forms, as seen here, were a distinctive trait of Ancient Roman goldsmith art. Weight: 3.88 g.
Date: Circa 1st-3rd Century AD Provenance: From a Japanese jewellery collection, 1980-2010. Condition: Complete and intact. These earrings are suitable for modern wear with care. Please consult a professional jeweller for alterations.
As in many ancient societies, jewellery was an important social marker used to demonstrate wealth. As a result of the expansion of the Roman Empire, Roman jewellery became more and more elaborate in its designs and materials used, such as precious and semi-precious gemstones. Roman jewellery often reflected the culture the Romans came into contact with, and can be viewed as a testament to the prosperity and power of the Roman Empire.