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Price: $55.00
Member Price: $49.50

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Description

A gold necklace in the Museums collection (1st3rd century A.D.) features wheel-shaped finials and a crescent-shaped pendant; symbolic of the sun and moon, such crescents are seen in Roman- period jewelry ranging from Britain to Egypt. This ancient necklace is the source for our superb earrings.

24K gold overlay. 7/8''L. Pierced, with gold-filled wires.

  • 24K gold overlay
  • 7/8''L
  • Pierced, with gold-filled 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; some of these Roman jewelry styles were very long-lived.

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Description

A gold necklace in the Museums collection (1st3rd century A.D.) features wheel-shaped finials and a crescent-shaped pendant; symbolic of the sun and moon, such crescents are seen in Roman- period jewelry ranging from Britain to Egypt. This ancient necklace is the source for our superb earrings.

24K gold overlay. 7/8''L. Pierced, with gold-filled wires.





  • 24K gold overlay
  • 7/8''L
  • Pierced, with gold-filled 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; some of these Roman jewelry styles were very long-lived.


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