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Five ancient hard-stone intaglio are set in filigree gold frames in this enchanting bracelet. Also known as gem carving, the art of intaglio has been practiced as early as the 14th century B.C.E., and was practiced by civilizations in Mesopotamia, Assyria, Phoenicia, and later to Greece and Cyprus. The gemstone intaglio was one of the most popular jewelry designs, decorating two popular Roman jewelry items-the fibula and the ring. In fact, Roman men of social standing commonly wore intaglio rings, which were used to mark wax seals, a practice that continued for hundreds of years. Made by hand-carving or drilling materials such as precious metals, gemstones, shell, wood and clay, intaglios were often collected by wealthy Europeans traveling on their Grand Tour in the 19th century.