A pair of Roman Carnelian Beads set as Earrings, Roman Imperial Period, ca. 1st - 2nd century CE
A pair of Roman Carnelian Beads set as Earrings, Roman Imperial Period, ca. 1st - 2nd century CE

A pair of Roman Carnelian Beads set as Earrings, Roman Imperial Period, ca. 1st - 2nd century CE


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What better way to say I love you than this pretty pair of 14K heart shaped earrings with Roman carnelian drops.

Carnelian stones, which were immensely popular throughout Greco-Roman antiquity, originated from deposits in the Arabian Peninsula and India. Like the Egyptians and the Greeks, the Romans believed that cornelian was endowed with magical powers; it caused the blood to circulate smoothly throughout the body, made the skin healthy and youthful, and was capable of warding off evil. Once considered strictly the property of the noble class, Romans of high social status were often buried with this gemstone. Ancient warriors wore carnelian for courage and physical power to conquer their enemies. Since wearing carnelian also makes one feel peaceful and slow to anger, it was often worn by orators to achieve serenity before and during speeches. It is theorized that the color orange is the harmonious balance of passionate, creative red and bright, cheerful yellow, making it particularly soothing to wear.

Medium: Carnelian, gold

Dimensions: Overall Drop Length: 1 1/8 inch (2.09 cm)

Condition: The beads show ancient signs of wear, are intact and in very good condition overall.

Provenance: The 14K gold earring mounts are modern, the carnelian beads from a private English collection, assembled between 1970 - 2012.

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