A fine ancient Roman intaglio in green chrome chalcedony depicting Athena holding Nike on her streched out hand.Nike was a very close acquaintance of Athena, and is thought to have stood in Athena’s outstretched hand in the statue of Athena located in the Parthenon.
Names stemming from Nike include among others: Nikolaos, Nicholas, Nicola, Nick, Nicolai, Niccolò, Nikolai, Nicolae, Nils, Klaas, Nicole, Ike, Niki, Nikita, Nikitas, Nika, Nieke, Naike, Niketas, Nikki, Nico, and Veronica.
The gold ring is ca 1770, probably from the period of the Grand Tour when to visit and “study” the ruins of the Roman Empire were essential part of a young Gentleman’s education. European aristocracy visited Rome and Naples and nearby Pompei and brought back anything ancient they could afford and carry.
Measurement of bezel :13 mm x 11 mm
Ring size : “K” = US 5+1/2