Ancient Roman Segmented Gold Ring with Garnet

£ 995.00

A fine Ancient Roman gold ring featuring a segmented band and a stunning deep red cabochon garnet. The band gradually widens towards the shoulder from the shank where two straight incisions are visible. These incisions separate the stone setting from the rest of the band allowing the it to stand out. An oval-shaped, polished garnet is set within the centre of this piece. The band itself has been moulded into seven straightened sections.

Closest UK ring size: K

Date: Circa 3rd Century AD
Condition: Very fine condition. The band is slightly misshapen and there are some minor surface scratches consistent the age

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SKU: MJ-14 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. However, as the power and the spread of the Roman Empire increased, so too did jewellery designs, which became increasingly elaborate. Different cultural styles from Greece, Egypt, North Africa, and the Orient were all incorporated to reflect Rome’s prosperity as a dominance as a cultural powerhouse. During the Roman Republic it became customary for all the senators, chief magistrates, and the equites, 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 4.7 g
Dimensions W 2.00 cm
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Semi-Precious Stones

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Reference: For a similar item,The British Museum, item 1917,0501.824

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