Ancient Roman Gold Ring with Good Fortune Cameo


A fine Ancient Roman gold ring featuring an angular hoop with sloping shoulders. These are enriched with raised ridges which curl at the top, forming a delicate decorative pattern and adding a sophisticated texture to the piece. The ring is further enriched around the bezel, where the gold creates an irregular decorative frame reminiscent of foliage. The tall bezel is modelled in a sharp oval shape and is set with a glass paste cameo, which reads the Greek inscription ‘EYTYKI’, a wish for good fortune for the bearer, translating to ‘good luck’.

Closest UK ring size: smaller than A.

Date: Circa 1st – 3rd Century AD
Provenance: From the late Alison Barker collection, a retired London barrister; from her collection formed early 1960s-1990s.
Condition: Fine condition, some earthy encrustations remain on the surface.


SKU: MG-240 Category: Tag:

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, so too did 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. The custom of wearing rings was probably introduced by the Sabines, who are described in early legends as wearing gold rings with precious stones. During the Roman Republic it became customary for all the senators, chief magistrates, and at last for the equites also, to wear gold rings.

To find out more about the different stones used in Roman jewellery please see our relevant blog post: The History and Mythology of Gemstones in Ancient Jewellery.

Weight 6.21 g
Dimensions W 2.1 x H 1.9 cm




Reference: For a similar ring shape, please see The British Museum, item 1917,0501.268

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