Dating to c.100-200 AD, this magnificent ancient gold sandal-motif ring comes directly from my personal collection of ancient Roman jewelry, and is a museum-worthy, wearable treasure!
Measuring 3/4" long x 3/8" across the bezel, this 1850-year-old ring takes the shape of a Roman sandal! This is a motif only seen in the Roman jewelry of ancient Britain, and is believed to have either military origins, or was used as an amulet to protect the traveler. This example is wrought from solid 22k gold, and displays the "D"-shaped shank prevalent in Roman rings of the second century AD (gold unmarked but tested)! Best of all, this ring has made it through nearly two millennia in 100% intact condition, which is nothing short of a miracle!
The sandal and the toes of the foot are both engraved onto the bezel, and the decoration is still crisp and readable! A ring such as this would have originally been made for a gentleman of the highest social standing; according to Roman sumptuary laws, only the wealthiest landowners and senators and their wives were allowed to wear gold! This example is a size 5 1/4, and should NOT be re-sized, as to do so would harm the integrity and value of this historic ring. The buttery, ancient gold feels absolutely delicious on the hand, and this ring has made it into the 21st-century without damage, losses or repairs! This ring is neither weighted nor pitch-filled like some lesser-quality examples, it is solid gold! SIMPLY THRILLING!
Weighing in at 6.18 grams, this is a substantial jewel which is suitable for wear by a lady, or as an impressive pinky ring by a gentleman, but of course, ought to be worn and treated with the respect deserving of a ring of this great age. I have enjoyed wearing this museum-worthy ring for over a decade, but I am planning a buying trip abroad, so here is a very rare opportunity to acquire an investment-worthy Romano-Celtic jewel for your own collection! This ring has not been cleaned, and boasts a delectable, ancient "bloom" to the gold!
If you collect the BEST of the BEST in ancient jewelry, this golden sandal belongs on your hand, and will make a treasured addition to your collection that you will wear again and again! It would also make a stellar gift for any lady or gentleman, and will be shipped in a gift box. For a published reference on sandal-motif rings, see Catherine Johns' "The Jewellery of Roman-Britain: Celtic and Classical Traditions," p.178. (The last photo is of a ring with an identical sandal motif in the collections of the Hermitage Museum.)
As with all of my jewelry pre-dating 1700, this ring will be sold with a COA and valuation for your insurance purposes at no extra cost. Do not miss this one chance to acquire a magnificent example of the ancient Celtic goldsmith's art; up to 120-day layaway is available, and USPS Priority mail shipping is FREE!
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