GOLD GEMSTONE RING WITH GARNET INTAGLIO OF A CRUCIFORM MONOGRAM

Early Byzantine, c. 550-600 AD
Gold and Garnet
Circumference 38.26 mm.; weight 3.8 gr.; US size 0.75; UK size A ½

A hoop of tubular wire between two beaded wires joins a thin, circular box-bezel; four pellets mark the join, two on either side of the bezel. Set in the bezel is a convex garnet gem that is carved with a mirror-inverted cruciform Greek monogram composed of Φ, Π, Ν, Ε, Α, Ο, and Υ, probably ΕΠΙΦΑΝΟΥ, Epiphaniou, a Greek surname. The use of personal monograms on jewelry was periodically fashionable in Greek and Roman times but became especially popular in the early Byzantine period. 

RING #856
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Price$25,000 - $35,000
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Golden Marvels of Byzantium: a Millennium of Finger-Rings (3rd-13th Centuries)
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