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.

Chain & Gem Necklaces

Chain Necklaces

Body Chain


String of Pearls 2nd–1st century BCE (Ptolemaic Period–Roman Period)

Bead Necklaces

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