Roman gold and silver work from the beginning of the Imperial Age (27 B.C. - 476 A.D.) is well known and documented: the towns of Pompeii, Herculaneum, Oplontis and Stabiae were destroyed by the eruption of Vesuvius in 79 A.D., and their treasures, including an impressive array of jewellery, were preserved in volcanic ash for centuries.
Its development was impressive. After the abolition of the sumptuary laws brought in at the end of the Republican Age, to limit the quantity of gold worn by Roman woman, the popularity of jewellery grew rapidly: Romans adorned themselves in bracelets, necklaces and earrings, often made of gold.
The quarter and hemisphere earrings were invented by the goldsmiths of Campania; the surface was usually smooth, only a few "granulated" examples have been found.
Origin: After a pair of gold hemisphere earrings found in Oplontis (Campania), dating from the beginning of the Imperial Age.
For pierced ears
Height: 2.8 cm
Width: 2.1 cm
Material: Gilt pewter