Byzantine Gold Monogram Ring with Engraved Bezel A solid gold Byzantine small finger ring featuring a round-section hoop with a discoid bezel, bearin.. Product #: FR-021 Regular price: $2,250.00 $2,250.00 In Stock
Byzantine Gold Monogram Ring with Engraved BezelByzantine Gold Monogram Ring with Engraved BezelByzantine Gold Monogram Ring with Engraved Bezel

Byzantine Gold Monogram Ring with Engraved Bezel

Product Code: FR-021
Width: 2.15CM

£2,250.00

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A solid gold Byzantine small finger ring featuring a round-section hoop with a discoid bezel, bearing a simple monogram (I M), probably the initials of the owner’s name. Very fine condition, completely intact. The ring is suitable for modern wear due to its beauty and modern simplicity.

Byzantine jewellery was a full continuation of the Roman traditions. Production in the old jewellery centres of Alexandria and Antioch gave way to an increased production in Constantinople. In the Byzantine Empire jewellery played an important role. It acted as a way to express ones status and as a diplomatic tool. In 529 AD...

A solid gold Byzantine small finger ring featuring a round-section hoop with a discoid bezel, bearing a simple monogram (I M), probably the initials of the owner’s name. Very fine condition, completely intact. The ring is suitable for modern wear due to its beauty and modern simplicity.

Byzantine jewellery was a full continuation of the Roman traditions. Production in the old jewellery centres of Alexandria and Antioch gave way to an increased production in Constantinople. In the Byzantine Empire jewellery played an important role. It acted as a way to express ones status and as a diplomatic tool. In 529 AD Emperor Justinian took up laws regulating the wearing and usage of jewellery in a new set of laws, later to be called the Justinian Code. He explicitly writes that sapphires, emeralds and pearls are reserved for the emperor's use but every free man is entitled to wear a gold ring. This may tell us something about the widespread use and great popularity of jewellery.

Provenance: Gorny & Mosch, June 2007, Lot 162

Internal diameter: 1.85cm, ring size: UK Q.

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