Elaborate Roman Gold Earrings with Garnets

GBP 1,950.00

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Object Description

A pair of ancient Roman gold earrings composed of a central rounded boss and an elaborate hanging pendant. The central disc encases a large red garnet at its centre, with small tri-clustered granulation equally interspersed. The pendant’s main component are four diamond-shaped hollow beads, sandwiched between a dome and a grape-like cluster of spheres. Added granulation has been attached to the dome and as a layer for the diamond beads to sit upon. A simple s-hook completes the reverse.

During The Roman Empire jewellery became quickly a fundamental and essential social display of wealth. Following the spread of the Roman Empire, Roman jewellery became more and more elaborate in the designs and in the materials used. Semi-precious gemstones, such as garnet, were used to enrich and embellish earrings, rings and necklaces. In Ancient Greek and Roman mythology, Hades gave pomegranate seeds to his lover Persephone, as a token of safety, while she was leaving the underworld to join her mother Demeter in the human world. The semi-precious stone garnet, recalling the colour and the shape of the pomegranate seed, became a typical gift exchanged between separated lovers.

Circa 2nd – 5th century AD

Object Condition

Condition: Very fine.

Object Details

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  • dimensions
    H:5 centimeters

Dealer Opening Times

By appointment only.

Dealer Contact

+44 (0)208 364 4565
+44 (0)7833231322

Dealer Location

The Gallery
Trent Park Equestrian Centre
Eastpole Farm House, Bramley Road
Oakwood, N14 4UW, United Kingdom

St James's Ancient Art
10 Charles II Street, Ground Floor
St James