Elaborate Ancient Roman Earrings with Garnet

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Object Description

modelled in high karat gold, each featuring a hoop formed by a single thin rod of gold, with the end enclosed through a loop. Although gold hoop earrings were among the most common types of earrings in Ancient Rome, this specimen has been enriched by a gold conical pendant hanging from the centre of the earring. The pendant is embellished with a single tear drop shaped cabochon garnet inset framed by a delicate band of granules. Further intricate granulation decorates the piece with a band of larger granules to each side. Holes to the back of the earrings suggest the possibility of further semiprecious stone insets, now sadly missing.

Date: Circa 1st-3rd century AD

Object History

Provenance: From a Central London gentleman, 1970’s London art market

Object Condition

Condition: Fine condition. These earrings are suitable for modern wear with modern hook or stud applied. Please consult a professional jeweller for any alterations.

Object Details

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    H:3.4 centimeters

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St James's Ancient Art
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