BYZANTINE GLASS AND PEARL RING
Byzantium, early 6th century AD
Height 33 mm., exterior width of hoop 27 mm., bezel 32 x 27 mm.
Weight 16 gr., US size 10.25, UK size U
This hoop with triangular section is flat on the interior and widens towards the bezel. There it forms a base for the oval and conical bezel with a cabochon of aquamarine (or perhaps pit glass?). Attached on four sides of the bezel are calyx-like settings in gold, each with a drilled pearl held by a gold wire and decoratively framed with beaded wire. S-scrolls made of flat strips of gold flank each calyx.