Genuine Roman Marble Red Porphyry Sterling Silver Ring
• Authentic Roman Marble 1st-2nd cent.AD
• Gemstone: Red Porphyry
• Band material: Sterling Silver
• Handmade 100% Made in Italy
This sterling silver ring showcases a fragment of ancient Roman marble known as red porphyry. Red porphyry, characterized by its dark red hue adorned with white or pink inclusions, was primarily quarried in Egypt and had been utilized as early as the Ptolemaic era. During the reign of Trajan in Rome, the extraction and use of porphyry became increasingly common. This stone was employed in sculpture, including statues and sarcophagi, as well as inlay work for elaborate floor designs.
The popularity of red porphyry grew to such an extent that Diocletian chose it as the exclusive decorative material for his palaces. Its distinct dark red color and contrasting white or pink inclusions made it highly sought after. The durability and elegance of porphyry made it ideal for adorning grand structures, lending an air of prestige and opulence. The use of red porphyry in ancient Rome not only showcased the artistic and architectural prowess of the time but also served as a testament to the appreciation and admiration of this captivating stone.