Roman Jewellery


Men only wore rings. They were supposed to only wear one ring but many ignored this rule and wore many rings. Some wore rings on every finger.

The ring had a specific purpose as it had the man’s seal on it. Documents were not signed in roman times so the ring was used to seal the document. This then provided the authenticity of the document.

Wealthy men’s rings were made of Gold, however commoners (plebs) rings were made of Iron.


Roman women wore many items of jewellery. These included;

  • Necklaces
  • Armlets (often in the shape of a snake)
  • Anklets
  • Earrings
  • Brooches
  • Tiara
  • Hairpins

These items would be made of Bronze and Gold for wealthy women and would include the use of precious and semiprecious stones including; Sapphires, Emeralds, Turquoise, Topaz, Pearls, Amethysts and Garnets.

They were often very bulky and highly decorative and ornate.

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