Ancient Roman intaglio ring engraved with Jupiter. A circular intaglio is set to centre with an intricate carving of a seated Jupiter with raised arm and lightning bolt, in a closed backrubover setting to a fine conforming D-shape beaded band with outer borders. Tested yellow gold, circa 1st - 2nd century AD.
The history of signet or seal rings is lengthy and illustrious, dating back to 1400 BC when they were first worn by the Mesopotamian and ancient Egyptian civilisations. Throughout history, signet rings were often decorative and beautiful, however they were also highly functional items which played an important administrative role within society. By pressing the signet ring into hot wax or soft clay, a distinctive impression would be left that then functioned as an official seal or ‘signature’.
In ancient Egypt, pharaohs and nobles used distinctive signet rings made of hardstone or a blue pottery called faience. Such rings were flat on one side, with an ornately inscribed design incorporating symbols and hieroglyphic text.
In the Middle Ages, signet rings were used by wealthy, powerful individuals to sign and seal their letters, proving that they were indeed authentic documents whilst preventing forgeries and tampering.
Thanks to a growing merchant class, signet rings became a form of branding during the Renaissance. As European merchants took to the Silk Road and began transporting goods overseas, they used signet rings to stamp seals on their shipments, making it easier to identify goods on arrival.
By the Victorian era and continuing through to today, signet rings have become a staple of the well-dressed gentlemen.
We are privileged to be able to offer an outstanding collection of these very special and rare rings which can be prized, appreciated and worn today.
We are pleased to announce the exciting news that the Berganza showroom is expanding! The showroom has now closed for renovations and will reopen in due course.
Our website will remain active throughout this period. All enquiries will be responded to during this time and any items purchased online will be shipped as usual, we offer complimentary shipping both within the UK and internationally.
We look forward to welcoming you again soon.
The Team at Berganza
Ancient Roman intaglio ring engraved with Jupiter, circa 1st - 2nd century AD.
Ancient Roman intaglio ring engraved with Jupiter. A circular intaglio is set to centre with an intricate carving of a seated Jupiter with raised arm and lightning bolt, in a closed back rubover setting to a fine conforming D-shape beaded band with outer borders. Tested yellow gold, circa 1st - 2nd century AD.