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A necklace (Latin: monile) is a female neck ornament known since antiquity. There are necklaces made of gold, silver and precious alloys. Necklaces were extremely popular with Greek and Roman wealthy women, and were richly decorated with precious stones.

Also in Latin, there is a mention of the synonym of the word monile-Lat. catella, literally meaning chain-decoration.

Arianda wearing a necklace. Pompeii. Naples, National Archaeological Museum. Inv. no. 9047. 60-79 AD
A satyr embracing a maenad wearing a necklace. Pompeii. Naples, National Archaeological Museum, Inv . no. 110590. Early 1st century AD.
Portrait of a woman in a pearl necklace. Mosaic from Pompeii. Naples, National Archaeological Museum, Inv. no. 124666. Second half of the 1st century AD

There are a large number of archaeological finds that have come down to our days. Due to the high cost and, as a result, careful attitude, as well as the fact that they were made of non-ferrous metals, many antique copies have come down to us in excellent condition. Below are the archaeological finds and their reconstructions by our master Minacia Polla.

Gold Roman necklace with chalcedony. British Museum, London. 1-3 century AD
Roman chalcedony necklace, reconstruction
Gold Roman necklace with carnelian. Private collection, auction "Christies". 2nd century AD.
Carnelian necklace, reconstruction

Related topics

Women in Ancient Rome, Fibula, Rings, Earrings