Western Asiatic Gold Ring with Garnet Bezel


A Western Asiatic ring produced from gold with a central garnet. The gold wire-like section hoop has been applied in antiquity to the round appliqué converting into a bezel. The appliqué features a large circular shape with protruding knob fragments that would have once attached to a further embellishment. To the centre sits a garnet cabochon set in a gold frame. A band of gold granules surround the gemstone enriching the piece. Closest UK ring size: J

Date: 1st Millennium -5th century BC
Condition: Fine condition.


SKU: RH-35 Category: Tag:

Many grand civilizations inhabited the area of Western Asia in Antiquity, and their wealth and prosperity are witnessed by the very sophisticated precious metal crafting of jewellery. Gold would have been hammered down to a thin layer and manipulated into different shapes. Gold, electrum and silver jewellery would have been enriched with gold granules, glass and semi-precious stone inlays along with detailed engravings. Fine granulation, as we can see on this item, along with filigree, were at the centre of Near Eastern and Western Asiatic jewellery production and were later adopted by the Greeks, Etruscans and Romans.

To find out more about different metal decorative techniques please see our relevant blog post: Decorative Metalwork Techniques

Weight 1.8 g
Dimensions W 1.7 x H 1.1 cm


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