The ring of Titus Carvilius Gemello. Quartz and gold, first century AD. Found at the Grottaferrata necropolis near Rome. [1564x1564]

  1. I found another post on the topic. I would have to research more to find out if the image is in the gold with a quartz lens, or if the image is carved into the back of the quartz cabochon.

  2. Kinda guessing but I imagine its some kind of intaglio (carved into the back of the stone) and either the gold of the ring or some extra reflective backing helps to enhance the image. The detail of that carving must have been done by feeling tiny movements and bumps in the material by touch and sheer skill, its mindblowing

  3. Intaglio signet rings were very popular among the Romans. Usually the carved side faced outward and the stone could be opaque or translucent. This one is super cool with it’s cloudy translucence. The effect is just amazing. Still a stunner after all those years.

  4. And I believe they used manifying lenses which would help with such precision but the immense talent of the artist to portray 3D can't be ignored.

  5. I visited a the Museum of History in Beijing a few years ago and saw these incredible jade pieces carved as far back as 7000 years. The process started with the apprentices sorting sand into very fine grits. Thin bamboo sticks were coated with wax and rolled in this sand. Using small bows, the gritted sticks were spun and slowly removed the material. I’ve carved jade myself with a diamond burr in a Dremel tool with a constant trickle of water and that, in itself, is a very slow process. Some of the larger pieces exhibited required multigenerational efforts.

  6. That’s exactly what I thought. Haunting. Like someone from the past stepping out from the shadows of time.

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