This is a nice medieval gold finger ring, dating to the 13th - 14th century AD. This example is still set with the original turquoise gemstone, within a rubbed overmount.
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). Further research and study into this genre of ring, has concluded the 'stirrup' shape is likely a representation of Gothic arches, as found in the ornate windows of Cathedrals of the period. Such rings are often associated with the ecclesiastic community, found on sites belonging to the church such as Abbey's and Nunneries. This is a small example designed for a lady to wear, thus likely once owned by an abbess.
Today this ancient ring has survived the ages intact, but the blue turquoise has turned green as can happen with gems this old! the band has a few light scuffs and dints but is perfectly wearable.
OBJECT: Finger Ring
DATE: c. 13th - 14th century A.D.
MATERIAL: Gold & turquoise
RING SIZE: 3 (US) F (UK)
SIZE: 19mm x 17mm x 1mm
WEIGHT: 1.80 grams
PROVENANCE: Formerly in a Japanese private collection, acquired before 1970
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