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Price: $75.00
Member Price: $67.50

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Description

A pair of gold earrings in the Museums collection (1st2rd century A.D.) features a large, sinuous gold wire adorned with a striped agate bead. Characteristic of earrings from the eastern part of the Roman Empire, this elegant adornment is the basis for our sophisticated earrings.

18K gold overlay, with agate beads. 1 1/4''L. Pierced, with 18K gold overlay wires.

  • 18K gold overlay, with agate beads
  • 1 1/4''L
  • Pierced, with 18K gold overlay wires

Art History

During the Roman Republic, laws aimed at limiting the ostentatious display of personal wealth meant that Roman women wore very little gold jewelry. In the imperial period after 27 B.C., however, the wearing of lavish jewelry gained acceptance. To satisfy this new Roman market, which included not only aristocrats but also rich freed slaves, many goldsmiths migrated from established jewelry-making cities such as Alexandria and Antioch to work in Rome. Jewelry styles were consequently copied throughout the empire as well-to-do provincials sought to follow fashions set in the imperial capital.

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Description

A pair of gold earrings in the Museums collection (1st2rd century A.D.) features a large, sinuous gold wire adorned with a striped agate bead. Characteristic of earrings from the eastern part of the Roman Empire, this elegant adornment is the basis for our sophisticated earrings.

18K gold overlay, with agate beads. 1 1/4''L. Pierced, with 18K gold overlay wires.





  • 18K gold overlay, with agate beads
  • 1 1/4''L
  • Pierced, with 18K gold overlay wires




Art History

During the Roman Republic, laws aimed at limiting the ostentatious display of personal wealth meant that Roman women wore very little gold jewelry. In the imperial period after 27 B.C., however, the wearing of lavish jewelry gained acceptance. To satisfy this new Roman market, which included not only aristocrats but also rich freed slaves, many goldsmiths migrated from established jewelry-making cities such as Alexandria and Antioch to work in Rome. Jewelry styles were consequently copied throughout the empire as well-to-do provincials sought to follow fashions set in the imperial capital.


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