Gold and silver rings were the most popular piece of jewellery to be worn in Medieval times by both men and women. Not only were they a way to display wealth and social status but they were also used as tokens of love and to ward-off misfortune. The rings were placed on all fingers and at different joints on the hands. Gold and silver rings embellished with gems and precious stones were worn by royalty and nobility. This ring is mostly ornamental in design. Its function, unlike a signet ring or marriage ring, was purely as a display of wealth.
Medieval Silver Ring with Garnet-coloured Cabochon
A Medieval silver round sectioned ring featuring a pyramid-shaped bezel inset with a garnet-coloured cabochon. The pyramid bezel features incised geometric and linear patterning. Inset within the bezel is a garnet-coloured glass cabochon, of a deep burgundy colour, in imitation of the precious stone. The flattened silver hoop band is decorated with three grooves, creating a ridged affect.
Closest UK ring size: R
Provenance: From the late Alison Barkern collection, a retired London barrister; from her collectio formed early 1960s-1990s.
Condition: Very fine. Slight fragment missing from the bezzel.