Ancient Roman Gold and Turquoise Pendant

Ancient Roman Gold and Turquoise Pendant
Circa 1st-3rd Century AD

A finely modelled Ancient Roman circular gold pendant featuring a piece of turquoise at the centre, encased in the gold pendant. There is a gold suspension loop on the top. The reverse has a delicate frame of gold granules.

As in many societies in antiquity, jewellery was an important social marker used to demonstrate wealth in the Roman Empire. With the expansion of the empire, Roman jewellery became more elaborate in its design, as goldsmiths were influenced by the range of styles, materials and techniques used by craftsmen in these newly conquered territories. By incorporating these foreign techniques and new designs, Rome could reflect its position as a prosperous and dominant conquering city. Roman jewellery was enriched and embellished with precious, semi-precious stones and glass beads.

Measurements: circa 0.8cm length

Weight: circa 0.17g

Provenance: London Jewellery collection, 1980-95.

Lot details
Ancient Roman
Gold and Turquoise
Century/ Timeframe
Circa 1st-3rd Century AD
Good Condition, See Photo
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