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 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, though more earthly themes also appear regularly. In Ancient Roman mythology Mars was the god of war as well as an agricultural guardian. He was especially important to the Romans because he was regarded as the mythical father of the founder and first king of Rome, Romulus.
To discover more about Roman jewellery, please visit our relevant blog post: Roman Jewellery: Gold Rings.