A finely modelled Ancient Roman circular gold pendant featuring a piece of garnet 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 0.14g
Provenance: London Jewellery collection, 1980-95.
- Ancient Roman
- Gold and Garnet
- Century/ Timeframe
- Circa 1st-3rd Century AD
- Good Condition, See Photo