Lot 55: Late Roman Gemstone Ring
November 30, 2016
Boston, MA, USALive Auction
Description: Charming ancient ring hammered of sheet gold, widening at the bezel to hold a gemstone made of purple glass paste imitating an amethyst. This particular type of ring is Graeco-Roman in style and is found up to the end of the 2nd century AD; interestingly, it is a classical antecedent for the Gothic stirrup ring. With the expanding Empire and new sources for gemstones, jewelry with lots of color became popular with the Roman ladies. They used many different stones and also brightly colored glass as occurs here in this delicate ring.
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Provenance: Property of a distinguished lady.
Dimensions: Bezel 4 x 10 x 6 mm.; circumference 48 mm.; US size 4 ??; UK size J
Medium: Gold, glass