Finger ring with green gem - ROM2010_11689_28


Finger ring with green gem

Medium:Gold and glass
Geography: Mediterranean region
Date: 1st-2nd century AD
Period: Roman Imperial period
1.6 cm
Object number: 950X205.15
On view
Gallery Location:Joey and Toby Tanenbaum Gallery of Rome and the Near East

This ring has a very thin, flat hoop and the head of ring is hollow. The setting is a round glass paste gem. It has been suggested that this was a funerary object.

During the Republic, Romans shunned the opulent display of jewellery. Years later, as the Empire was established, vast amounts of gold and a wide array of luxury items poured into Rome from Greece, Asia Minor, and Egypt. Taste now changed, and it became fashionable to wear sumptuous jewellery. At first, the citizens of Imperial Rome preferred jewellery that exhibited very fine workmanship. But by the 2nd century AD, they favoured eye-catching ornaments made from thin sheet gold, and richly embellished with coloured stones and polychrome glass-paste settings.

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