LATE ROMAN BAND SET WITH EMERALDS, PEARLS AND GARNETS
This highly complex gold ring is fashioned of a wide band of sheet metal with sixteen closed collet-set emerald cabochons in a double row, alternating with a central pearl on a stud, altogether seven. A sort of bezel is created by the placement of a larger oval emerald cabochon fl anked by two triangular-shaped sliced garnets. This band is unique, however. Not only does it mix double (instead of single) cells of emeralds with pearls (from the Persian Gulf or Southern India), but it also includes a single larger oval emerald, creating a focal point on the band. The high quality and careful matching of the emeralds (likely sourced from Egypt), the originality of the complex design, and the excellence of the workmanship combine to create a precious jewel of exceptional fi nesse.