A stunning and extremely well preserved pair of Ancient Roman gold earrings featuring a circular centre with beautiful pendant decorated with a fine granulation. The wide circular discus displays a decoration of a twisted wire around the edges, and a granulation to the centre. The pendants feature a cylindrical bead, from which a grape-like cluster hangs with gold beads adorned with rows of gold granules.
Ancient Roman jewellery was an essential public display of wealth. Roman jewellery at first followed the trends set by the Etruscans using gold and glass beads. But as the power and spread of the Roman Empire grew, jewellery designs became ever more elaborate both to incorporate different cultural styles from Greece, Egypt, North Africa and the Orient and to reflect Rome’s prosperity as a dominant, conquering city.