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. 

RING #278
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Price$25,000 - $35,000
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