Medieval Gold Ring with Garnet Flower

£ 650.00

An exquisite Medieval ring, featuring a round hoop and a bezel featuring a flower motif, where each petal is rendered through a cabochon tear-drop shaped garnet, set into a gold cell. A large gold granule centres the flower and a line of fine granulation frames it. The garnets display different hues, ranging from deep red to light purple, beautifully catching the light. Closest UK size I. Weight: 1,53 g.

Date: Circa 8th – 14th Century AD
Provenance: From an important collection of a Japanese gentlemen, deceased, 1970-2015.
Condition: Fine, one of the garnets is chipped, otherwise intact. Suitable for modern wear with care.

SOLD

Product Code: MS-28
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Golden rings were popular jewellery pieces in Medieval times, worn by both men and women, not only as means to display wealth and social status but also exchanged as tokens of love and to ward-off misfortune. Filigree and granulation were two of the most prominent techniques used to decorate and embellish Medieval jewels. The effect of filigree is created by intertwining metal threads in richly varied patterns, while granulation is rendered by attaching or embedding tiny metal grains or small spheres to the jewel’s surface.

To discover more about jewellery in the Ancient World, please visit our relevant post: Jewellery in Antiquity.

Dimensions W 2.1 cm
Region

Southern Europe

Metal

Gold

Semi-Precious Stone

Garnet

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