As in many ancient societies, jewellery was an important social marker used to demonstrate wealth. Following the spread of the Roman Empire, Roman jewellery became more and more elaborate in the designs and in the materials used, such as precious and semi-precious gemstones. Pearls especially were highly treasured by the Romans, worn as a public display of richness and prestige. Interestingly, the fashion of banding beads with gold sheets can be traced back to the Achaemenid Persian Empire.
Roman Pendant with Glass and Pearls
An extremely fine Ancient Roman pendant composed of a thin tubular gold sheet holding a cylindrical bead, pierced longitudinally. The gold cell features a gold suspension loop to the top. This exquisite jewel is further enriched by two drops of gold wire, each with a pearl attached. The passing of time has created a mother of pearl iridescence on the glass bead. Such pendant would have been originally part of a necklace or an earring.
Condition: Extremely fine condition. Complete and intact.