LATE ROMAN GEMSTONE RING
Roman Empire, 2nd century
gold and glass
Bezel 4 x 10 x 6 mm.; circumference 48 mm.; weight 1.8 gr.; US size 4 ¾; UK size J
This particular type of ring is Graeco-Roman and found up to the end of the 2nd century; interestingly, it is a classical antecedent for the Gothic stirrup ring. Their love of color led the Romans to use many different stones and also colored glass as occurs here in this delicate ring made of hollow gold.