BVLGARI ROMA 18 KT GOLD MONETE SIGNET RING WITH ANCIENT 400 BC GREEK COIN
A GREEK MONETE SIGNET RING DESIGNED BY BVLGARI.
BEAUTIFUL COCKTAIL RING CRAFTED IN ROME, ITALY IN SOLID 18 KARATS OF HIGH POLISHED YELLOW GOLD WITH A STEPED PATTERNS. THE TOP IS BEZEL WITH A RARE GENUINE ANCIENT GREEK SILVER DIOBOL COIN FROM THE CITY OF TARENTUM (TARAS) FROM THE 400 BC. THIS ANCIENT GREEK CITY WAS LOCATED IN CALABRIA, SOUTHERN ITALY.
OBV DESCRITION: THE PORTRAIT BUST OF ATHENA FACING TO THE RIGHT, WEARING A CRESTED HELMET WITH AN A AT RIGHT UPPER FIELD.
REV DESCRIPTION: HERAKLES STANDING RIGHT, STRANGLING THE NEMEAN LION TO RIGHT; CLUB TO LEFT, K BETWEEN LEGS OF HERAKLES.
HAVE A TOTAL WEIGHT OF 10.2 Grams AND THE ACTUAL SIZE IS 5, SIZABLE.
IS STAMPED WITH ITALIAN AND FRENCH HALLMARKS AND IS SIGNED, "BVLGARI ROMA .750 Ste B.F. TARENTUM 4 EME SIECLE AV JC (400 BC) ".
Monete Jewels by Bulgari
The practice of mounting coins for wear as jewelry has a long history dating back to ancient Roman times. Coins were not only minted as a unit of value for transactions, but the images appearing on them could be symbols of power, sometimes talismanic, and could represent alliances between countries. Nicola Bulgari, grandson of the founder of the firm, who developed an interest in coin collecting, can be credited as the “influencer” who was responsible for the launch of Bulgari’s modern tradition of mounting ancient coins in the mid-1960s. The use of ancient Greek and Roman coins also forged a firm connection with Bulgari’s proud Hellenic and Roman cultural heritage. Coins used in Bulgari jewels date from the 5th century B.C. to the 20th century A.D., depending in part on what is available in the market. Each coin has been thoroughly researched and the reverse of each mounting is inscribed with the name of the individual or region featured and the year of issue, inscribed in Roman font. Coins with irregular contours are mounted in such a way that the integrity of the coin is uncompromised; the mounting follows the shape of the coin so not to diminish its numismatic value. The scholarly aspect of Bulgari’s “Gemme Nummarie” (coin gems, derived from Latin), sets them above all imitators. Also referred to as simply “Monete” (coins, in Italian), Bulgari coin jewels can bestow status upon the wearer and be the source of stimulating intellectual conversation, but most importantly they show great respect for tradition while successfully linking antiquity with the present. (From Sotheby's with thanks).
IT IS IN PERFECT CONDITION AND IS ACCOMPANIED BY THE DESIGNER'S JEWELRY BOX.
INVENTORY REF: R0000MRIE/.2451