Selection of Byzantine Gold Rings with Gemstones

A selection of Byzantine rings featuring a gold round wire-like section hoops applied in antiquity to the round gold bezels. The gemstone, either a carnelian or garnet cabochon, have been set in a gold frame and attached to the ring by the reverse.


Date: Circa 5th - 10th century AD
Condition: Excellent condition. Suitable for modern wear.
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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 cabochon and were set into different pieces of jewellery, much like these rings. The gemstones themselves became more important than the gold it was set into thus more time and effort was spent on the gemstone. Intaglios and cameos became more admired later in the Byzantine period.

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



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