Antique Jewelry at Auction

By James Tarmy - 2013-03-28T14:50:21Z

Courtesy Christie's, via Bloomberg

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Roman Carnelian Ring

How are objects seemingly better suited to a museum available for anyone with an Amex? Antiquities, especially wearable ones, are surprisingly accessible—at least to those with the means to afford them. You won't likely find them at any jewelry store—with or without "galleria" in its name. You have to go digging for these archaeological finds at the auction houses.

A Roman carnelian ringstone depicting a shepherd and rearing goat, circa 1st century A.D.

Provenance: with Ariadne Galleries in New York, 1980s

Sold for $2,000 at Christie's in New York.