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.