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Ancient Roman intaglio of Dionysus in “modern” high carat gold setting. /the setting is middle of last century/These blue and black agates are called Niccolo. They are one stone and the skillful carver cuts through the thin layer of blue to expose the color black, creating this unique effect. One of the favorite tricks of ancient gem cutters.
Dionysus was the god of the grape harvest, wine making and wine, of ritual madness and ecstasy in Greek mythology.As seen on the picture of the intaglio often depicted with grapes and grape leaves around his head , worn like a crown. Dionysus was the last god to be accepted into Mt. Olympus. He was the youngest and the only one to have a mortal mother. His cult was a major driving force in the creation of the Greek Theater.
Measurement of bezel: 18 x 14 mm
Ring size : “P”=US 7+1/2
Weight :9.4 grams