Authentic Ancient Roman Carnelian Intaglio 2nd-3rd Cent. AD 18 Kt Gold Ring depicting 2 Eagles
This ring features a Roman intaglio on carnelian from the 2nd to 3rd century AD, depicting two eagles with laurel wreaths.
Eagles held significant importance to the Romans as they were the bird of Jupiter, the king of the gods. The eagle symbolized strength, courage, immortality, the power of Rome, the Emperor, and the Empire. It was also believed to be the king of birds that could fly above the storm and carry the souls of humans into the presence of the gods.
In Ancient Mythology, the eagle was seen as the one who carried the souls of humans into the presence of the gods. The metal eagle attached to a pole was more than just a piece of military hardware that led an army into war. Gaius Marius decreed in 102 B.C. that the eagle alone become the defining emblem of Roman power.
For both the Greeks and Romans, eagles were held in high esteem, often being aligned with Zeus and his power. According to Pliny the Elder's Natural History, the eagle was equal to a dragon in power and force. The eagle was originally made of silver with a golden thunderbolt in its claw. Above the eagle on the standard, a gold bar bore the message SPQR (Senatus Populus Romanus), a title that honored the Senate and the people of Rome.
The eagle served not only a symbolic purpose, representing not only the legion but the Roman empire as well, but also proved to be a strategic tool in battle. In the chaos of battle, troops often looked for the standard to orient their actions, often following commands to not move further than a few steps from it.
For any Roman legion, the eagle was its heart and soul.
Our brand's exquisite jewelry collection pays homage to these ancient traditions, and every piece comes with a certificate of authenticity, attesting to its ancient Greek or Roman origin.