A Late Roman ring cast from gold featuring a circular thin band with a central bezel. The bezel is enriched with delicate openwork displaying teardrop shapes encompassing the central, large garnet bead. The semi-precious stone is held in place with a thin gold rod which runs through the perforation. Eight small pearls have been threaded onto gold wire and placed around the perimeter, behind the bezel, which further embellishes the ring. Two granules have been placed on either side of the bezel along the hoop.
Closest UK ring size J
Date: Circa 4th-6th century AD Provenance: From a late Japanese specialist collector, 1970-2000’s Condition: Very fine condition, minor crack to the back of the bezel.
During the Roman Empire jewellery was a fundamental and essential social display of wealth. Following the spread of the Roman Empire, Roman jewellery became more and more elaborate in the designs and in the materials used. Semi-precious gemstones, such as garnet, together with pearls, were used to enrich and embellish earrings, rings and necklaces. Pearls especially were highly treasured by the Romans, worn as a public display of richness and prestige. Many Roman funerary portraits excavated in Egypt, show women of the high society wearing gold earrings with pearls.
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