|The complete parure.|
|The completed necklace.|
|For comparison -- Necklace, Roman or Byzantine|
c. 400 CE. Photo: Kunstpedia Foundation (artwis.com)
Unfortunately, when I was donning them for the photographs, the earwire on one of the earrings broke! I actually put both earrings on for the photo session (though you can't see the broken one in the final photograph) but it would not stay put in normal wear; I'm going to have to re-make one of the earrings. Fortunately, the re-make will only require buying more earwires and finding the rest of my crimp rings, though it's annoying to have to remake the earring at all.
The necklace shown on the artwis.com site dates to 400 C.E., but I've found necklaces of a similar design from about 100 C.E. onward. It's an easy to make and wear style, and could even be worn with modern fashions. If I end up making ancient Roman clothes, I will probably make a few more of these necklaces with beads of different colors.
EDIT: (1/7/2014) One commenter asked me how fake pearls were made in ancient Rome. I didn't have time to do serious research on the subject, but I found several references on the Internet repeating the claim that the ancient Romans made fake pearls by coating glass beads with silver, and then adding a coating of glass on top of the silver. I'm not sure how effective this would have been or what the source of the claim was, though I'll continue trying to find out. The first place I found it reported on the Internet was here: http://big-bead-little-bead.blogspot.com/2011/07/history-man-made-faux-pearls.html
EDIT: (1/10/2014) I have re-made my broken earring; now I have the full set again.