Roman Gold Ring with Glass Paste Inset


A beautiful example of Ancient Roman goldsmith art, a finger ring, modelled from high karat hollow gold. The ring features a D-shaped loop, expanding shoulder and an oval bezel set with a glass paste bead, now mostly covered in encrustations.

Closest UK ring size: J

Internal diameter: 2cm

Date: Circa 1st-3rd Century AD
Provenance: Ex collection of a Japanese gentlemen (deceased), acquired 1970-2010.
Condition: Fine, suitable for modern wear with care.


SKU: LD-217 Category:

As in many ancient societies, jewellery was an important social marker used to demonstrate wealth. As a result of the expansion of the Roman Empire, Roman jewellery, including necklaces, bracelets and rings, became more and more elaborate in its designs and materials used, such as precious and semi-precious gemstones, and glass. During Imperial times, glass especially became the favourite medium not only for vessels but also for piece of jewellery, as seen on this fine example.

The custom of wearing rings was popular amongst the Romans, and 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.

Weight 2.3 g
Dimensions W 2 cm



Reference: For a similar item, The Metropolitan Museum, item 74.51.4263.

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