Roman seal rings
The oldest rings have an age of more than 21,000 years. According to today's knowledge, researchers assume that rings were one of the first jewelery ever. Neck, arm, and ear jewelry developed in parallel from all kinds of materials, but people still lived in a world without mirrors.
Roman ringsJewelery around the neck or head could not even look at the wearer. The wearer could look at the wearer's finger ring himself and make sure that he was able to express his personal status. First of all, rings had very simple shapes, were even quite simply made of wire. Divine attributes and characters then began to decorate rings. In Egypt the jewelry was closely connected with magic and religion. Also the seal ring developed over time and you rings were made from the most diverse metals. At this time, semi-precious stones were also produced, colored glass, glass melting or enamel, and gemstones were also processed for jewelery. In ancient times, bronze, silver and gold became the most important raw materials for ring production. During the 8th century BC bronze decoration, which was mainly combined with amber and glass beads, developed. Since around 1,500 BC, however, there has already been the usual spiral ring made of bronze. These were also available as bracelets wringing around their arms. They were reserved for the rich from gold. Animal figures and the Heracles knot - disaster and healing effect - were also popular ring forms of antiquity. The triumphal procession of the precious stone began in the 4th century BC - certainly also through the trade relations with the East. At the beginning of the imperial era Roman jewelery of international style emerged. As the forerunner of the ring, there is a ring-type with folded hands, the so-called dextrarum iunctio.
Today still portable
Not only precious stones, but also the material marked the Roman ring. In the first days of the Roman Republic, when the Spartan ideal still existed, citizens were proud to wear only an iron ring. Gold rings were only allowed to senators and also with them only on official occasions. However, gold and precious stones spread to the early imperial age. The Roman opus interrasile - a breakthrough technique - is applied to not only the pendants and earrings, but also the finger ring, which gives the jewelery an elegant lightness. Early Christian symbols and themes were included.