11 December 2009,
New York, Rockefeller Center
Price realised USD 8,750
Estimate USD 6,000 - USD 8,000
A ROMAN SAPPHIRE RINGSTONE
CIRCA 1ST CENTURY B.C.
The convex oval stone engraved with a profile bearded head of an Olympian wearing a fillet; mounted as a ring in a late 19th-early 20th century rose gold setting
5/16 in. (.8 cm.) long; ring size 6½
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According to Ogden (Jewellery of the Ancient World, p. 94), sapphires used during the Roman Period were likely imported from Sri Lanka.
English Private Collection, 1950s.
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