Ring with intaglio portrait of Emperor Tiberius, a. Rings bearing ancestral portraits were widely used in the Republic as personal seals, as both a means of identification and a guarantee against forgery.
A ROMAN GOLD AND GARNET FINGER RING ROMAN REPUBLIC, CIRCA 2ND CENTURY B.C. The hollow hoop flat on the interior, rounded on the exterior, expanding at the shoulders, the bezel set with a convex oval stone engraved with a nude satyr, his musculature well defined, his head thrown back, an animal skin draped over his bent right arm, holding a pedum in his right hand and a hare by the hind leg in his left
My birthstone. What I would give just to see this piece.... FOUR SMALL ROMAN GOLD RINGS CIRCA 1ST CENTURY B.C.-2ND CENTURY A.D. One with plain hoop widening to an oval bezel with applied phallus; another with bezel with incised figure of a mouse, both circa 2nd Century A.D.; another with high banded bezel with pale green glass inlay; and another with flat hoop, oval bezel with later cabochon garnet, both circa 1st Century B.C.- 1st Century A.D. 5/8 in. (1.5 cm.) wide max.