Since the dawn of time, in every great culture of both the old and new worlds, gold has set the standard for what is beautiful, rare and precious. Kings and Queens have adorned themselves with gold as a metaphor for their earthly power; great chiefs have filled their tombs with its brilliant sheen; lovely women have used golden ornaments to enhance their natural charms. This graceful pair of dangling earrings was first worn when Rome ruled the world. We can imagine them gleaming in the ears of some dark beauty, catching the light moving as she did. That woman, and the world in which she lived, have vanished forever, leaving only the eternal sparkle of these golden jewels.