Roman intaglio on garnet (1st-2nd century AD) depicting a winged Cupid with a torch 18 Kt gold and 0.70 Cts of diamonds ring
This elegant 18 Kt gold ring showcases a captivating authentic Roman intaglio on a vibrant garnet stone. The intaglio portrays a graceful winged Cupid, leaning tenderly on a torch. Surrounding the central stone, 18 dazzling diamonds add up to a total of 0.70 Cts, enhancing its allure.
Known as Cupid in Roman mythology, the name originates from the Latin word "cupidus," signifying eagerness. The Greeks revered him as Eros, also considered a deity of fertility. In later myths, Eros was regarded as the son of Aphrodite and Ares. Often depicted as a beautiful winged youth or child, he wields his bow and arrows, inspiring desire in both gods and mortals alike, regardless of their gender or orientation.
The symbolism of Cupid leaning on a torch holds significant meaning. Fire was sacred to the ancient Greeks, and torches were integral to their nocturnal rituals and major sporting events, such as the Olympics, imbuing them with a religious connotation. Thus, the torch represents a positive symbol, illuminating our souls and symbolizing the essence of life.
Frequently, Roman stones or frescoes featuring angels or Cupids portray them holding torches akin to the Olympic flame, emanating a distinct glow different from other figures. This unique representation suggests that the torch embodies a light within another light, symbolizing strength and energy required to persevere through life's challenges. These divine beings extend their support to all in need, instilling courage to face life's journey with determination.
Our jewelry store, Serra Roma, proudly presents an exquisite collection that beautifully honors the ancient traditions of Greek and Roman civilizations. Each piece in our collection, including authentic ancient Roman and Greek coins and intaglios, is accompanied by a certificate of authenticity, providing proof of its historical significance and origin.