Many grand civilizations inhabited the area of Western Asia in Antiquity, and their wealth and prosperity is witnessed by the very sophisticated precious metal crafting of jewellery. Gold would have been hammered down to a thin layer and manipulated into different shapes. Gold, electrum and silver jewellery would have featured gold granules, glass and semi-precious stone inlays and detailed engravings. Fine granulation along with filigree, were at the centre of Near Eastern and Western Asiatic jewellery production and were later adopted by the Greeks, Etruscans and Romans.
Near Eastern Gold ring with Turquoise Stone
A fine Near Eastern ring cast in electrum gold featuring a round hoop and a turquoise stone set in a gold frame. The frame is enriched with a row of granulation enclosing the stone. The bezel has been applied to the hoop in antiquity.
Closest UK ring size C.
Provenance: From a private London based ancient jewellery collection, 1970’s.
Condition: Fine condition, slight crack to frame. 1.3cm internal diameter