GOLD RING WITH OPENWORK HOOP
Byzantine, 6th-7th century
Height 33.6 mm; exterior diameter of hoop 21.2 mm; weight 6.9 g; US size 6 ¼; UK size M
This ring has a bezel in the form of a floral calyx of six petals, which supports a hexagonal base and a collar ornamented with six gold pellets at the corners. The bezel joins the hoop by means of a decorative knop. The hoop, however, is a broad band decorated with an openwork floral scroll bordered on either side with beaded wire. The original gem of calcified glass is lost.