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.
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Roman Gold Earrings with Garnets and Green Glass
A beautiful pair of Roman gold earrings with a square, green glass inlay, inverted drop-shaped pendants and suspended glass and garnet beads. The drop pendant is finely decorated with gold granules, circled by a delicate gold braid, and the garnet at its centre mirrors the inverted drop shape of the pendant. The suspended glass bead has ribbed decoration and is slightly iridescent. Such impressive attention to detail marks this pair out as a particularly lovely example of Roman craftsmanship. Weight: 5.3g.