Roman Signet Ring with Intaglio Leda and the Swan, Gold

Roman finger ring handmade from solid gold with multicoloured intaglio in Nicolo technique after a find from Pompeii. The original was a gold ring with a carnelian intaglio, found in the square of the amphitheatre near a group of skeletons.

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Roman Ring with Intaglio "Leda and the Swan"

Roman signet ring handmade from solid gold with multicoloured intaglio in Nicolo technique with the motif "Leda and the Swan". Intaglio with this mythological scene is widespread, and finds can be found in private collections, the British Museum and even among the artefacts from the Ruffenhofen Limes fort.

The intaglio comes from a master workshop that can draw on years of experience in dealing with antique techniques and patterns. In collaboration with my replica workshop, wonderful individual pieces of jewellery of the highest quality are created.

A ring like this will accompany you for many years and inspire you with its authentic motif!

As the gem and the finger ring are made by hand in your individual size, you can expect a delivery time of around 4-5 weeks.

Delivered in a jewellery box with certificate.

 

Leda and the Swan

The legend of Leda and the swan is a tale from Greek mythology. In this story, the god Zeus (Roman Jupiter) seduced the beautiful woman Leda, who was the wife of the Spartan king Tyndareos. Zeus approached Leda in the form of a swan.

Zeus seduced Leda in the form of a swan. The couple had sexual relations, which led to the birth of four children. Two of the children, Helena and Polydeuces (also known as Pollux), were considered divine children and were the offspring of Zeus. The other two children, Clytemnestra and Castor, were considered to be the children of Leda and Tyndareos.

The story of Leda and the swan is a well-known motif in Greek mythology and has often been depicted in art. It is also linked to the legend of Troy, as Helen, the daughter of Leda and Zeus, was a central figure in the Trojan War, which led to the destruction of the city of Troy.

Gem rings in antiquity

Gem rings, i.e. finger rings with inlaid, decorated gemstones, are among the most numerous and varied pieces of archaeological jewellery from antiquity;

Gems are divided into two types: the sculpted raised motif, the cameo, and the engraved itaglio. Agate, carnelian, onyx or other precious stones were used as materials. Particularly popular and beautiful to look at due to their multicoloured nature are colour-layered stones using the Nicolo technique, in which the engraved motif stands out in a different colour. 

Gem rings were not only used as pieces of jewellery, but also had various practical uses and symbolic meanings:

Signet rings

Some Roman gem rings were used as seal rings. The engraved gem was pressed into hot wax or clay to seal documents or letters. The seal showed the individual symbol or name of the owner.

Amulets and talismans

Many gems had religious or protective symbols or inscriptions that were worn as amulets or talismans to bring good luck or protect against evil influences.

Status symbols

Some wealthy Romans wore gem rings as status symbols to show their wealth and social status. These rings could have elaborate gemstones and ornate engravings.

Jewellery

Of course, many Roman gem rings were simply used as pieces of jewellery. They were often prized for their ornate engravings and the beauty of the gemstones used. Men also often wore elaborate and eye-catching finger rings.

Roman gem rings are also important historical artefacts as they give us insights into Roman art, culture and history. The engravings on the gems can depict mythological scenes, portraits of famous people, historical events and other important motifs that were significant to the Romans. These rings are often found in museums and collections today and are valued as important testimonies to Roman civilisation.

 

Production of gem rings in antiquity

The intaglios were produced in an elaborate handcrafted process:

Selection of the raw material

Firstly, the artisan selected the appropriate semi-precious stone to create the intaglio. Different types of stone had different degrees of hardness and colours, which influenced the choice of the right material.

Shaping the stone

The selected stone was roughly moulded into the desired shape, often by sawing, grinding or scraping. This made it possible to shape the rough contour of the future intaglio. A powder or granulate of hard corundum stone, which was mixed with olive oil and used in various grain sizes and is harder than the jewellery stone, was probably used as an abrasive and cutting agent.

Drawing of the design

The artist sketched the intended design on the flat surface of the stone. This sketch served as a template for the actual engraving.

Engraving of the design

Using special tools, the artist began to cut or engrave the motif into the stone. Presumably, a kind of lathe was used, which was driven by a bow and had an engraving point attached to it. The use of metal points and corundum powder is obvious, but with the means available it was an extremely lengthy and strenuous process to cut the motif into the stone. The artist always had to precisely control the depth and width of the engravings. Depending on the desired effect, this could take weeks or months. 
Even in antiquity, the quality of the craftsmanship varied from simple rough line patterns to small masterpieces in which every little detail of the motif was exquisitely crafted.

Polishing and finishing

Once the design was finalised, the stone was thoroughly polished to make the engravings and the stone itself shine. This was often achieved with fine sand, pumice stone or other abrasive materials.

Framing in jewellery or utility item

The finished intaglio was set into a piece of jewellery, a signet ring or another everyday object to protect and present it.

The quality of an intaglio depended on the skill of the artist, the choice of material and the precision of the engraving. These artefacts were often highly prized for their artistic and craftsmanship quality as well as their historical or symbolic value. Intaglio artefacts were not only produced in antiquity, but also remained popular in later eras right up to the modern day.

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Delivery time 6-8 weeks
weight 0.020000
Era Romans
Material Gold
Kind of replica Rings With Intaglios
scope of delivery Delivery in a jewellery case with certificate
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