Conquering the Roman Jewellery Revival
Whether the mention of Romans stirs up visions of their architectural achievements, creating structures such as the Pantheon and the Colosseum or Pluto the giver of gold and silver, you will no doubt agree that design, yellow gold and Romans all go hand in hand.
18ct diamond trefoil ring - £2,985.00
Jewellery inspired by the Romans never seems to go out of fashion. With their extensive network across the continent their designs were heavily influenced by the Egyptians, Celts and Greeks.
Emerald and diamond vine earrings - £188.00
They valued their jewellery very highly and were famed for their elaborate and extravagant taste. Months of far-reaching travel would be undertaken in order to purchase the most exotic gems.
This led to the increased use of precious and semi-precious gemstones as well as coloured glass.
It is considered that the jewellery made during the height of the Roman Empire is of a very high quality.
9ct circle necklet - £186.00
Women predominantly wore earrings, necklaces, bracelets and brooches, whereas rings were of particular importance to men. This was the time that the signet ring was first worn. Each was individually designed with gems engraved with the wearers rank or family crest. They were then used to impress personalised wax seals.
Silver and onyx signet ring - £59.00
The most common stones used during this time heralded from Egypt, Persia, Gdansk and the Persian Gulf. These included emerald and peridot from Egypt, lapis lazuli and onyx from Persia, amber from Gdansk and pearls from the Persian Gulf.
By the fall of the Roman Empire, even gems from as far afield as India and the Far East were in abundance, these included blue sapphire and topaz.
For a chance to get up close and personal with some real Roman pieces, you can head the The Wolfson Gallery at the British Museum and inspire your inner classicist.