Intaglio Rings And Their Significance In Roman Times

Intaglio Rings And Their Significance In Roman Times

Gold Roman intaglio ring from around 2nd century AD Gold Roman intaglio ring from around 2nd century AD[/caption] Very often, people who buy ancient jewellery say that what they like about it is that, although the jewellery is centuries old, it is also relevant today. One case where this is true is in intaglio – the ancient technique of carving or engraving an image into a gemstone or precious metal. While the practice dates back at least to Roman times, it’s possible to find modern intaglios too.
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Ancient intaglios were often representations of animals real or mythological, gods or Emperors. Some were very elaborate, while others might be just a few etched lines. Basically, an intaglio is the opposite of a cameo, as there is no raised surface. Every prominent Roman would wear an intaglio ring, which he’d use as a seal on documents, so they were usually set in gold. As such, intaglio rings are not as common as other types of antique jewellery, so you can expect to pay a premium when they come on the market. If you are a collector of intaglios, you’re in exalted company, since Julius Caesar and Lorenzo de Medici were famous collectors. In fact, de Medici had his own name engraved on his collection of intaglio rings – a fact which horrifies purists, since it compromises the integrity of the pieces. Once you start messing around with ancient jewellery, it’s no longer the piece that was unearthed from the ground, and it loses its particular charm, as well as some of its value. That is why reputable antique jewellery dealers always refuse to resize pieces to suit their customers. Antiquities Giftshop always has a range of Roman intaglio rings for sale, featuring mythological creatures, Roman emperors and Roman gods. And they are surprisingly affordable – you don’t need to be a prominent and wealthy member citizen to own a beautiful gold intaglio ring these days!

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