This is an ancient Roman gold finger ring, dating to the 4th - 5th century A.D. The ring is set with a flat cut garnet gemstone, the bezel is slightly squashed and the garnet chipped, but stable and secure. A similar ring set with a glass intaglio was found in Wistow in North Yorkshire (YORYM-B88CF2) and another from Shepway in Kent (KENT-577F75). This ring appears intact though it is a little distorted from its time in the ground and has a crack on the band that is stable and not through the hoop. An interesting ring from the late Roman - Saxon Migration period.
OBJECT: Finger Ring
DATE: c. 4th - 5th century A.D.
MATERIAL: Gold & Garnet
RING SIZE: 4 3/4 (US) J 1/4 (UK)
SIZE: 19.93mm x 17.54mm x 1.24mm (bezel 8.50mm x 7.49mm x 3.71mm)
WEIGHT: 1.54 grams
PROVENANCE: Formerly in a private collection, Netherlands.
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