This is a wonderful Iron Age Celtic electrum gold finger ring, dating to the 5th century B.C. The ring is formed as a torque, with button terminals. The ring was made to spiral around the finger, the coil would enable the ring to be resized to fit. This is a very simple form of a finger ring, obviously inspired by the larger neck torques and bracelets of the period. Electrum is a naturally occurring amalgam of gold and silver, used in coinage and jewelry from the 7th century B.C. This ring would have originally been worn by a man, however, the size could be made smaller by coiling the band to fit. The ring has survived in excellent condition, with a nice tone and patina.
OBJECT: Finger Ring
CULTURE: Iron Age, Celtic
DATE: c. 7th - 1st century B.C.
MATERIAL: Electrum Gold
RING SIZE: 11 1/2 (US) W 3/4 (UK)
SIZE: 24.97mm x 23.74mm x 1.42mm
WEIGHT: 2.11 grams
PROVENANCE: Ex. European private collection.
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