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A unique gold and sapphire finger ring, found by a metal detectorist and just purchased by the Yorkshire Museum, almost certainly belonged to Anglo-Saxon or Viking royalty, very senior clergy or a leading member of the Anglo-Saxon aristocracy, say historians


Ancient Egyptian gold ring with carnelian gemstone carved into a cat. Third Intermediate Period, 1070 - 1712 BCE. (The British Museum.)


Greek Olbian Gold Seal Ring, 7th-5th Century BCWith a locust motif; inset carnelian panel with intaglio motif of a cockerel standing on an ear of wheat with a mouse in its beak. The ring was used as a...

In the ancient Greek and Roman world, snakes symbolized fertility and were believed to ward off evil. It is probably due to the animal's protective associations that solid gold snake rings and bracelets were among the most popular types of Greek and Roman jewelry. Snake bracelets were often worn in pairs, around the wrists as well as on the upper arms.


Two twisted gold torcs from the Stirling Hoard, Stirlingshire, Scotland, circa 300-100 BC. I've seen these torques in all my books of ancient Celtic art. Would love to make one some day... wonder if they were comfortable to wear?


exquisite. Roman earring, gold and pearls, 1st to 3rd C, CE