Medieval Gold Ring with Garnet

£ 500.00

A delicate Medieval ring, featuring a round hoop and a beautifully rendered star shaped bezel. A square garnet, with an alluring deep purple-red colour, is set within the bezel, which features a central square cell holding the stone, and a star shaped motif around it, all rendered through very fine granulation arranged into three levels. Closest UK size J ½. Weight: 1.54g.

Date: 8th – 14th Century AD
Provenance: From an important collection of a Japanese gentlemen, deceased, 1970-2015.
Condition: Very fine. Suitable for modern wear with care.

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Product Code: MS-29
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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 1.9 cm
Region

Southern Europe

Metal

Gold

Semi-Precious Stone

Garnet

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