Roman Gold Ring with Garnet


A Roman ring moulded from gold featuring a slight D-shape loop with shoulders broadening towards the central oval bezel. This piece is enriched with a cabochon garnet inlay set in a gold frame.

Closest UK ring size E.

Date: Circa 2nd century AD
Provenance: Ex Japanese gentleman deceased collection, 1970-2010.
Condition: Fine condition. The internal diameter of the ring is 1.4cm.


SKU: LD-360 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 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 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 3.1 g
Dimensions W 1.7 cm


Semi-Precious Stones


Reference: For a similar item,The British Museum, item 1866,0504.71

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