This is an early medieval Carolingian gold and garnet finger ring, dating to the 9th century AD. A large lozenge-shaped bezel decorated with granulated beads around a smaller raised lozenge. The centerpiece is set with a cabochon garnet within a serrated setting bordered on either side with a rope-style band and two larger granulated beads. The shank of the ring is a square sectioned braid with splayed ends that attach to the underside of the bezel. The closes comparison to this ring in terms of style is a ring that formed part of the West Yorkshire hoard. (PAS: SWYOR-F86A02). Both rings share the tiered lozenge bezel design and setting of a single cabochon garnet.
Thi ring is in excellent excavated condition and can still be worn today!
OBJECT: Finger Ring
DATE: c. 9th century AD
MATERIAL: Gold & garnet
RING SIZE: 5 (US) J 1/2 (UK)
SIZE: 22mm x 19mm x 3mm (bezel 18mm x 13mm x 6mm)
WEIGHT: 6.72 grams
PROVENANCE: Ex D. Grover collection, Originally purchased Munich, Germany.
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