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Serra - Roma / Jewelry

Serra - Roma / Jewelry

The Serra shop has always wanted to pay tribute to the city of Rome through its jewelry using original coins and engraved Roman stones (from the third century BC. to the fourth century AD.), as well as to the talented goldsmiths and artists who, 2000 and more years ago created works of unbelievable beauty and elegance. With this precious collection of Roman gems and coins, sometimes mounted in a classic way and other times refashioned with a more contemporary design, Serra has allowed these ancient artifacts to return to shine with a new light. The custom of encrusting coins to create jewelry is extremely ancient; its origins are to be found in the Greek world and the most widespread was in Rome between the first and third centuries AD. The Romans attributed a talismanic and amuletic power to the jewels thus made, giving the coin a much more complex task than that for which it was minted. As for glyptics, that is the "minute but not lesser" art of engraving precious and semi-precious stones (but also glass pastes), in Roman times it was widely used for rings, for men or women, necklaces, bracelets and earrings (it is famous the ring of Augustus in gold with black onyx, engraved with a Capricorn, symbol of the emperor’s power). These rings with engraved gemstones were also frequently used as seals, impressing them on molten wax cast, placed to secure a document. The engraved stones were worked by skilled engravers; the themes of the figures were chosen by the customers or left to the aesthetic sense of the artist. Almost always the choice was of mythological or allegorical subjects. (All our jewels come with an expertise explaining the myth or allegory, certifying the historical period in which the single piece was created). Still today there is a flourishing market of these ancient stones, which over time have been found because they were often removed and thrown away by those seeking only gold and silver, as by the Barbarians in the days of the invasions. The "pearls" of glyptics, are small masterpieces that allow us to retrace history, carrying us back in time.

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