Diamond Studded Gold Necklace Featuring a Roman Bronze Sestertius of Emperor Gordian III

SKU FJ.4239
Circa

238 AD to 244 AD

Medium

Gold

Origin

Mediterranean

Gallery Location

UK


 

This ancient coin is mounted in a superb necklace of 18 karat gold set with 252 genuine round fully-cut diamonds, with a total weight of 5.48 carats, with 3 baguette diamonds with a total weight of 0.6g carats, and with 2 cabochon sapphires with a total weight of 0.36 carats.

M. Antoninus Gordianus, grandson of the ill- fated Emperor Gordian I and nephew of Gordian II, was born about AD 225. After his grandfather and uncle perished in their revolt against the Emperor Maximinus in AD 238, Gordian III was given the title of Caesar by Balbinus and Pupienus, the two Co-Emperors set up by the Roman Senate in opposition to Maximinus. When these two were also murdered, Gordian III was proclaimed Augustus by the Praetorian Guard. Although very young at the time of his ascension, Gordian was a modest and restrained ruler of independent mind who showed great promise for the future. In AD 244 he went to personally direct the campaign in the Persian East, where he met with great initial success. However, due to the treachery of the Praetorian Prefect, Julius Philipus, the loyalty of the army was undermined and Gordian was deposed and murdered in Mesopotamia, to be succeeded by the ambitious Philip.

One glance at this splendid necklace makes us aware of its beauty, its rarity, its preciousness. We know instinctively that it is a unique jewel, destined to adorn someone equally unique. The elements that dazzle our senses– the radiant gold, the fiery gems, the classic design– speak a universal language, one understood in any place at any time. Anyone gazing upon this jewel may fall under its spell, but only one will know the pleasure of wearing it. Adornment for those who enjoy being one-of-a-kind.

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