LATE ANTIQUE GEMSTONE RING
Eastern Empire, Cyprus?, 2nd century
Gold and garnet beads
Weight 5.2 gr; circumference 54 mm; US size 6½; UK size M½
This beautiful ring exhibits features characteristic of later Roman jewelry, including a taste for complex goldsmith work, an interest for re-employed gemstones, and a love for bright colors. The beads may have come from a necklace or a pair of earrings and were reset into this ring. The typology recalls jewelry from the Eastern Empire. Three irregular spherical garnet beads have been re-employed and placed on gold wire. The garnets nestle against circular wires and are separated by gold loops soldered to the bezel. The hoop is made of two separate hoops joined together and is animated by a strand of beading.