Intaglio rings were a popular style of jewellery in Ancient Rome and have been uncovered across the full geographic extent of the former Roman Empire. 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. The nature of their individual production meant that designs and details show a wide variety, though there are common themes, such as certain gods, which were especially popular. This particular example, displaying Cupid, was amongst the more popular designs as a result of Cupid’s links to themes of love and romance, an important aspect of daily Roman life, much as it remains today.
To discover more about Intaglios, please visit our relevant blog post: Intaglios: Miniature Masterpices.