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Roman Intaglio Gemstone Necklace
- Eleven exceptionally rare carved gemstones are featured in this museum-quality necklace
- Intricately carved, six of the intaglio gems date to ancient Rome
- This collection of unique intaglios was likely formed from a single collector’s Grand Tour souvenirs
- Set in 14K gold
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This necklace includes ancient intaglios carved from a variety of gemstones, including carnelian, bloodstone, and lapis lazuli. Classic in execution and style, these intaglios feature everything from portraits and mythological scenes to animals and classical vases. Six intaglios, featuring birds and hunting scenes, date to Roman antiquity, while the remaining five were carved in the 18th century. Each design was painstakingly etched into the surface of the gemstone, giving zero room for error.
This collection of unique intaglios was likely formed from a single collector’s Grand Tour souvenirs, as these impressive gems were highly desired collectibles for wealthy European youths partaking in this journey. Their portable size and ties to the ancient world would have made these intaglios a rare, coveted souvenir in the 19th century, and even more so today. Set in 14K gold.