-Ancient Rome 100 AD Signet Intaglio Ring In 22Kt Yellow Gold With Carved Carnelian
Ancient Roman signet intaglio ring.
A beautiful historical one-of-a-kind piece, created during the ancient Roman Empire, circa 100-200 AD. This is a rare intaglio signet ring crafted with plain smooth surfaces in yellow gold of 22 karats.
Gemstones: Incrusted on top in an oval bezel with one semi oval cut of a natural carnelian carved into an intaglio with the figure of a helmeted warrior standing to the left, holding a bow and an arrow.
Birthstone: For the month of July.
Weight: 5.53 Grams, (3.55 Dwt).
Size: 3 sizeable.
Measurements: 22 mm by 13 mm by 4 mm (0.87 x 0.51 x 0.15 Inches).
Hallmarks: None, tested for .9176/.9999 Gold, 22 karats.
Intaglio is an engraved gem, frequently is a small and usually semi-precious gemstone that has been carved, in the Western tradition normally with images or inscriptions only on one face. The engraving of gemstones was a major luxury art form in the Ancient world, and an important one in some later periods. Strictly speaking, engraving means carving in intaglio (with the design cut into the flat background of the stone), but relief carvings (with the design projecting out of the background as in nearly all cameos) are also covered by the term. This article uses cameo in its strict sense, to denote a carving exploiting layers of differently coloured stone. The activity is also called gem carving and the artists gem-cutters. References to antique gems and intaglios in a jewellery context will almost always mean carved gems; when referring to monumental sculpture, counter-relief, meaning the same as intaglio, is more likely to be used. Vessels like the Cup of the Ptolemies and heads or figures carved in the round are also known as hardstone carvings.
Collateral: This ring is accompanied by a presentation jewelry box.
Condition: The overall condition of this ring is excellent. Beside the little normal wear, there is no damage to the gold. The intaglio is secured in the settings. This piece has been carefully inspected to guarantee the condition and authenticity.
INVENTORY REF: R100522SIRG/.1624