Small Byzantine Silver Ring with Cross


A small early Byzantine silver ring consists of a rounded hoop and a flat circular bezel. The bezel is incised with a cross with bifurcating ends creating a fleur de lis like motif. Along the hoop is a raised central ridge on the exterior.

Interior diameter: Circa 1.4 cm
Closest UK ring size: C

Date: 4th-6th century AD
Provenance: Ex. London private collection.
Condition: Fine condition.


SKU: AG-46 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 ones status and as a diplomatic tool. The Church Fathers, such as Clement of Alexandria, discouraged the wearing of any jewellery at all. However, they did permit Christians to wear one ring: rings with the seal of a family, a wedding ring, or rings bearing Christian symbols and inscriptions were deemed acceptable.

To discover more about Byzantine jewellery, please visit our relevant blog post: The Byzantine Empire, Art and Chrstianity.


Weight 1.2 g
Dimensions L 1.4 cm



Reference: For a similar item,The British Museum, item AF.312