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Love Doves Rubover Ring

Why we love it

One of our fave classical depictions, here’s what the wonderful V&A has to say about Pliny’s Doves:

‘These doves, known as the Capitoline Doves or Doves of Pliny, appear frequently as the subject of micromosaics. The image comes from a Roman floor mosaic discovered in 1737 at Hadrian’s Villa in Tivoli, which in turn is believed to be a copy of a lost ancient Greek mosaic at Pergamon. The original is described by Pliny the Elder in his Natural History, completed in 77AD’

We also see these birdies in cameos and intaglios frequently!

Doves themselves represent gentleness and beauty, they are the proper animal of Venus (Aphrodite), the goddess of love. Her son Cupid (Eros) has the wings of a dove. Doves are also, along with the butterfly, ancient symbols of the soul, spirit, or human life force, and represent this in some allegorical and mourning compositions. The Holy Ghost, or Holy Spirit, is represented as a radiant dove in religious compositions.

Pliny himself was apparently some sort of journo type and snuffed it at Pompeii when he thought it’d be a grand idea to go watch Vesuvius blow her load. Error. (That’s what Emma says, not the V&A, obvi).

So now you know my little Treasure Troves!

Flown away home.

Additional information

Piece of jewellery

Ring, Rubover

Jewellery material

14ct yellow gold, Bloodstone

Ring size

Capable of resize within reason, leave a note with your order!, US 8 / UK P.75


The intaglio is Georgian


Bauble Magpie's unique maker's mark, Fully hallmarked for Birmingham 2023, Limited edition coronation stamp for King Charles III


Band width 9.3mm tapering to 3.8mm




The intaglio is in excellent antique condition with light surface wear, The mount is brand new

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