This is a nice medieval gold finger ring, dating to the 13th - 14th century A.D. This example is still set with the original dark green emerald paste, within a rubbed over mount.
This ring is of the type known as a 'Stirrup' ring, named by Victorian collectors during the 19th century (due to the shape resembling horses stirrups). However, during the medieval period, this shape of ring was the most popular (having a raised bezel to display the gemstone).
Today this ancient ring has survived the ages remarkably intact, a few light scuffs from its time in the group but perfectly wearable and with the original gem.
OBJECT: Finger Ring
DATE: c. 13th - 14th century A.D.
MATERIAL: Gold & Glass
RING SIZE: 10 1/2 (US) U 1/2 (UK)
SIZE: 30.23mm x 25.52mm x 2.69mm (bezel 14.40mm x 14.04mm x 9.81mm)
WEIGHT: 8.29 grams
PROVENANCE: Ex. R. Laurent Collection, Liège. Belgium.
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