Pair of Roman gold earrings,1st-2nd century A.D.

The world of jewelry since ancient times has been linked to a certain status. Both men and women liked to surround themselves with luxury and make use of precious materials. However, while men introduced it into their general life, for example in the decoration of their houses, it was only women who wore ornaments, with the exception of a ring in the male case. Roman jewellery reached a development never seen before and not surpassed until the Renaissance. Imperial Rome was the world center of jewelry, importing large quantities of stones and precious materials. The initial style of his works was typically Greek or Etruscan, but he soon developed a style of his own, overloaded and ostentatious, sets of precious stones, opus interassile, true mosaic of small stones on a support of gold or silver. Another speciality of Roman jewellery was the carving of gems, with their quoted inlay, incisions and bas-relief and above all their cameos, carved on agate and onyx, stones with layers of different colours which, once polished, produced an effect of depth and polychromy. Their main themes were portraits.


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