• Ancient Jewelry  auction at Christies

    Sale 2233

    Ancient Jewelry

    11 December 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 419

    A ROMAN SAPPHIRE RINGSTONE

    CIRCA 1ST CENTURY B.C.

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    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.

    Provenance

    English Private Collection, 1950s.