Late Roman-Byzantine Gold Ring with Garnet

$822.99

A fine Late Roman-Byzantine gold finger ring featuring a round-section hoop with an openwork design. The hoop is composed of two gold loops with a central undulating gold wire attaching them together. A garnet cabochon inset, framed with gold, has been applied in antiquity to the hoop. The piece is further enriched with a gold wire, twisted into an infinity loop motif, attached to the top, and a granulation cluster to each side of the bezel.

Closest UK ring size: between F and G

Date: Circa 5th-9th century AD
Condition: Fine condition. Minor abrasions to the garnet stone.

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SKU: CY-139 Category: Tag:

Byzantine jewellery was a full continuation of the Roman traditions. Production in the old jewellery centres of Alexandria and Antioch gave way to an increased production in Constantinople. In the Byzantine Empire, jewellery played an important role. It acted as a way to express one’s status and as a diplomatic tool. Just like during the Roman period, gemstones were extremely popular and were brought in from the East. They were either carved into a circular shape, polished and drilled so that the precious stones could be added to bracelets, necklaces or pendants. Or, they were smoothed into a cabochon and were set into different pieces of jewellery, much like this beautiful ring.

To discover more about Byzantine jewellery and the use of gemstones in ancient jewellery, please visit our relevant blog posts: The Byzantine Empire, Art and Christianity and The History and Mythology of Gemstones in Ancient Jewellery.

Weight 1.26 g
Dimensions W 1.5 x H 1.9 cm
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Reference: For a similar metal openwork design,Christie’s, New York, 6th December 2007, lot 490

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