C. 700 AD. Early Medieval Earrings. A pair of elegant gold earrings, each comprising a circular hoop with three pendants. The pendants, which are made up of a four-stranded cord of gold wire, terminate in openwork spheres and pearls. After the fall of the Roman Empire in AD 476, the western world was divided up among a patchwork of different kingdoms, small and large. At this time the power and status of women was most commonly displayed through elaborate items of personal dress, like these earrings. These beautiful items probably belonged to noblewomen in Early Medieval Europe. Excellent condition; wearable. Provenance: Property of a W. L. G.; previously in a collection formed on the UK/International art market in the 1980s.