Roman Marble "Red Porphyry" Sterling Silver Pendant
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Imperial Red Porphyry, a rare and valuable stone with historical significance, was first discovered in Egypt in 18 CE by the Roman legionnaire Caius Cominius Leugas. The exclusive source of Imperial Red Porphyry was the quarry of Mons Porpyritis in Egypt, and its transportation to Rome involved a journey along The Porphyry Road to the Nile River, followed by shipment. The Romans held this stone in high regard for its application in carvings, statues, and inlaid panels within iconic structures like the Pantheon. A symbol of great wealth and power, the possession of Imperial Porphyry and the ability to construct with it were reserved for the Emperor. However, by the end of the third century, the availability of precious marbles, including red porphyry, dwindled, leading to exorbitant costs and eventual depletion of the quarries.