- Set includes a necklace and a pair of earrings
- Sterling silver with 24K gold overlay
- Cultured freshwater pearls
- Made in the USA
- Necklace: Hook-and-eye closure; 17 1/2''L
- Earrings: Pierced, with gold-filled ear wires; 1''L
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During the austere period of the Roman Republic, jewelry was considered a luxury, and sumptuary laws limited the amount of gold jewelry a Roman woman could wear. In the imperial period (after 27 B.C.), however, the wearing of lavish jewelry became acceptable; Pliny the Elder wrote that Lollia Paulina, wife of the emperor Caligula (ruled A.D. 37–41), frequently wore emeralds and pearl jewelry. To satisfy this new love of adornment, many goldsmiths migrated from jewelry-making cities such as Alexandria and Antioch to work in Rome. These craftsmen combined Etruscan and Hellenistic styles and techniques with new Roman decorative themes.
Produced in cooperation with the British Museum
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