Category: Ancient Roman Jewelry

Roman Jewelry Part III: Chains

The single loop-in-loop chain is one of the oldest chain styles. Some of the oldest examples date back to 3,000 BCE from the burials at Ur. The simple loop-in-loop style stayed static until around the time of the Hellenistic period. During this time the Greeks and Etruscans expanded on the single loop-in-loop to create a double loop-in-loop, pinched loop-in-loop, two- way double loop-in-loop, three-way double loop-in-loop, “S” Link, woven loop, and other variants. The chains found from this time often have something elaborate about them, either a clasp or a pendant. Here are some examples:

Roman Jewelry Part II: Favored Materials & Styles

The Romans, not unlike their predecessors, favored certain gems and metals over others. They also shaped gems and did do some intricate gold work, which paled in comparison to predecessors. As for gems, the winners are listed below in no particular order.

Roman Jewelry Part I: Introduction & Overview

Based on the class: All About That Bling

The Roman Look Part III: Accessories

Part three is all about the number one way to up your game: Accessories.

Roman Classes: U of Atlantia

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Roman Jewelry: Extant Finds

Chain and chain and gem/bead necklaces were extremely popular during the Roman Age. It’s a show of gold and gems, both status symbols. Here are several examples. It should be important to note that these may appear more popular because they weathered time better, however, when you look at the Fayum Mummy Portraits you’ll see several examples which allude to their popularity.

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Roman Jewelry (Poor) Replicas

Here is a collection of Roman jewelry that I have tried to recreate. Unfortunately, most of the original pieces went through auction houses (as the shiny jewelry tends to) and they specified that use of photos would violate copyright law. Some pictures, when clicked, will bring you to the original source.

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