Consider giving the gift of Roman-inspired jewelry, this Valentine's Day!
These gorgeous earrings are delicate and bold, and are based on a popular design of the first centuries BC and AD both in Rome and in the Bay of Naples area, as seen in several examples now housed in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, in New York City. Here, a gorgeous twisted hoop carries a solid spherical dangle that recalls the dome of the same diameter attached to the top of the hoop. Ancient Roman earrings often clasped in the front, and our earrings revive this clever design. To wear, they are inserted from behind the ear, and then closed in the front.
"Livia" was the name of the wife of the great Augustus, first emperor of Rome, and she lived from 58 BC to AD 29. Livia was a strong woman who was very influential with her husband, serving as his unofficial advisor. She was also very ambitious and, it is said, instrumental in seeing that her own son Tiberius became Augustus' heir and the future emperor. About Augustus' relationship with Livia, the biographer Suetonius says that he, the most powerful man in Rome, "loved and esteemed her to the end without a rival." - Augustus 62.2
Diameter of hoop: 2.5 cm (1 in)
Height of dangle: .8 cm (.3 in)
Dangle is solid
Available Precious Metals and Prices
925 Sterling Silver: $120
18 Karat Gold Over Sterling Silver: $220
14 Karat Gold: $640
18 Karat Gold: $900
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