Ancient Roman Gold Ring with Garnet Cabochon


A beautiful Ancient Roman gold ring enriched with a cabochon garnet. The band of the ring is forked on either side, with foliate curls peeling away from the centre. The deep red garnet showcases an attractive glow encased in a gold frame. The sides of the bezel display several raised rims and features a flat base.

Closest UK ring size: J

Date: Circa 2nd - 3rd Century AD
Provenance: Acquired from London galleries during the 1990s.From the jewellery collection of a London, UK, gentleman.
Condition: Excellent Condition. There are some minor scratches over the surface of the garnet and also the gold consistent with age.

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SKU: MJ-68 Category:

The ancient Romans considered jewellery to be an essential accessory, for it provided a public display of their wealth. Roman jewellery at first followed trends set by the Etruscans, using gold and glass beads, but as the power and spread of the Roman Empire increased, jewellery designs became increasingly elaborate. Different cultural styles from Greece, Egypt, North Africa, and the Orient were all incorporated to reflect Rome’s prosperity as a dominant, conquering city. Semi-precious gemstones, such as garnet, were used to enrich and embellish earrings, rings and necklaces. The word garnet originates from the Latin word granatus translating to seed or grain. In Ancient Greek and Roman mythology, Hades gave pomegranate seeds to his lover Persephone, as a token of safety, while she was leaving the underworld to join her mother Demeter in the human world.

To discover more about the meanings of gemstones and semi-precious gemstones in Antiquity, please visit our relevant blog post: The History and Mythology of Gemstones in Ancient Jewellery.

Weight 8.19 g
Dimensions W 2.4 x H 1.3 cm


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