Roman jewelry. Jewelry history. Roman fashion. Ancient Roman jewels and Roman jewelry pictures. Roman earrings, rings, bullas, fibulas, cameo, birthstones, necklaces and pendants.
Clothing in ancient Rome generally comprised the toga, the tunic, the stola, brooches for these, and breeches.
Roman ladies were really very elegant. I recommend to take a look at Spartacus or Rome TV series to get more info about the Roman fashion.
Roman jewelry – Inspiration
What influenced Ancient Roman Jewelry? It was the Roman expansion across the Mediterranean area, North Africa, Egypt and Europe brought them land and taxes and contact with many different cultures. The Romans incorporated many of these styles, designs and gemstones (including jet) in their own jewellery and combined them with their own designs.
On the beginning the Roman jewelry found an inspiration in Greek and Etruscan jewels. Romans found inspiration in other countries laster as their expansion continued: Egypt, China, India, Sarmatia and even Germania.
Both men and women wore items of jewellery including rings, bracelets, necklaces and earrings. The most common jewelry item of early Rome was the brooch, which was used to secure clothing together. The Romans tended to pin items of clothes rather than sew them. To this end they developed the fibulae or clasps. The fibula, was resembled a safety pin and was used as a clothing fastener and was decorated with a cameo or a winged Victory emblem. Another development was the hoop earring. Cameo portraits were also worn as rings and pendants. A bulla was an ancient Roman pendant worn on a strap around the neck that consisted of a rounded container holding an amulet. Finely engraved rings were used to seal important documents with wax. And coin rings were introduced during the era of the Romans.
Gemstones and pearls were particularly prized by the ancient Romans, as shown in the gold necklace which was found in the ruins of Pompeii, and is generously set with emeralds and pearls. Toward the fall of the Roman Empire exotic gems from India and the Far East were plentiful, including blue sapphire and topaz from India or Sri Lanka.
Amber was a popular gemstone of the Romans who established the Amber Route to get the precious gem from Gdansk on the cost of Baltic sea.
The ancient romans were particularly fond of earrings. Check the pics below to imagine how elegant the Roman ladies were.
Roman jewelry-Seal rings
Roman seal rings were used by men. Patricii men used golden rings, usually with included gemstone or a semi precious stone with their seal.
Roman Empire was a bureaucratic state so these rings were used very often.
Some Roman rings also served as a keys for the Roman treasure boxes.
Astrology was very important for several ancient nations. Romans were not an exception.
Roman birthstones were the following: January-Garnet, February-Amethyst, March-Bloodstone, April-Sapphire, May-Agate, June-Emerald, July-Onyx, August-Carnelian, September-Peridot, October-Aquamarine, November-Topaz, December-Ruby.
Roman fibula was ancient Roman brooch. Fibulae were not only decorative jewels, fibula was often used to fasten clothing, such as roman cloaks.
Roman bulla was not created only as a decorative jewelry but it has some other meaning.
Roman bullas contained symbols that would provide the wearer with protection and prosperity. Roman boys wore a bulla which was given to them when they were babies. The bulla was a neckchain with a round pouch containing protective amulets, often phallic symbols which emphasised their masculinity. The bulla was made in a variety of metals, the most popular being gold. Some of the sons of wealthy Romans also wore small gold rings carved with a phallus for good luck.
Cameo is a jewel with carved object into a gemstone or other material (glass, shell). Result is a positive relief image.
Romans portrayed their symbols (Roman eagle), emperors or Gods and mythology scenes (Medusa).
Roman Jewelry pictures