Ancient Roman Gold Ring with Garnet

£ 750.00

A fine Ancient Roman ring featuring a round hoop with slightly expanding shoulders, hammered from a single sheet of high karat gold. To the top, a round bezel, framed by incisions at the base, raises upwards and holds a cabochon garnet displaying a deep-red hue. The shoulders, modelled in a triangular section, are decorated with an incised decoration of lines pointing towards the shank, further embellishing this simple, yet very elegant ring. Closest UK ring size: L. Weight: 1.89g.

Date: Circa 1st – 3rd Century AD
Provenance: From the late Alison Barker collection, a retired London barrister; formed early 1960s-1990s.
Condition: Excellent condition; some signs of ageing on the surface.


Product Code: RES-171
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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, but as the power and spread of the Roman Empire increased, so too did jewellery designs 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 discover more about jewellery in the Ancient World, please visit our relevant post: Jewellery in Antiquity.

Dimensions L 1.9 x W 1.9 cm

Southern Europe

Semi-Precious Stone




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