Lot 154: Roman Gold Ring with Garnet
December 6, 2016
London, United KingdomLive Auction
Description: 4th-5th century AD. A hollow-formed lentoid-section hoop with expanding shoulders, flared cell and inset garnet cabochon with flat upper face, chamfered edge. Cf. Marshall, F.H. Catalogue of the Finger Rings, Greek, Etruscan and Roman, in the Department of Antiquities, British Museum,London, 1907, item 867; see Bonewitz, Dr. Ronald Louis, Gems, 2013, p.179. 2.98 grams, 22mm overall, 17.07mm internal diameter (approximate size British M 1/2, USA 6 1/2, Europe 13.41, Japan 13) (3/4"). Property of a North West London gentleman; formerly with a central London gallery in 1990. The stone was examined in detail by Dr. Bonewitz who observed: This garnet is probably almandine, which can have more violet than red colouration, giving it the appearance of amethyst.
Condition Report: Fine condition.