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 single granule to the earrings’ body, and a drop-like pendant, ending in a dark garnet round bead. 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: 3.9 g (for the pair).
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.
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.