Ancient Roman emerald and gold drop earrings. A matching pair, each set with a natural unenhanced emerald bead, two in total in open back bar settings, to an ornate pendant earring with a circular surmount featuring radiating ivy leaf motifs, delicate openwork details and finely twisted rope borders, fitted to bottom with a long ridged rectangular plaque fitted with circular bales issuing three articulated twisted bars each decorated with a green glass bead, fitted to reverse with a secure hook fitting, approximately 5.5cm from top of hook. Tested yellow gold, circa 2nd-3rd century AD.
Complete matching earrings such as these are a rare survival from the ancient world. These earrings are a testament to the high level of skill of the craftsmen of the time and are in fine condition commensurate with their age.