The Ancient Romans considered jewellery to be an essential accessory, for it provided a public display of their wealth. At first, Roman jewellery followed trends set by the Etruscans, using gold and glass beads, but as the power and breadth of the Roman Empire increased, so did jewellery designs, becoming increasingly elaborate. Different cultural styles from Greece, Egypt, North Africa, and the Orient were all incorporated to reflect Rome’s prosperity as a dominant, conquering city. The main centres for jewellery production in the Roman Empire were Alexandria, Antioch, Palmyra and Rome. Most goldsmiths in these centres were of Eastern origin. Similar samples to these earrings were found in Syria, Asia Minor and Pannonia.
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