Western Asiatic Gold Ring with Garnet


A fine Western Asiatic gold finger ring featuring a thin hollow-formed round hoop. An applied drop-shaped bezel embellishes the front of the ring whilst the back features a coiled gold wire decorating half of the hoop. The bezel is enriched with a garnet cabochon inset and a ruffled frame moulded from gold. A small gold granule has been applied to each end of the bezel.

Closest UK ring size: L 1/2

Date: Circa 2nd Century AD
Provenance: Acquired in the 1970s. From a deceased lady’s estate, by descent.
Condition: Excellent condition. Internal diameter 1.7cm.


SKU: CY-68 Category: Tags: ,

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, such as garnet, and detailed engravings. Very fine granulation, as we can see on this item, was at the centre of Near Eastern and Western Asiatic jewellery production and were later adopted by the Greeks, Etruscans and Romans.

To discover more on ancient metalwork, please see our relevant blog post: Decorative  Metalwork Techniques

Weight 1.88 g
Dimensions W 2.2 cm



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