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Garnet Silver Ring !
VERY RARE ANTIQUITY!
This auction shall begin at $.01, as we trust experienced collectors will appreciate the true value of this item
You are bidding on a very rare ancient Medieval Night Garnet Silver Ring!
This particular Night Garnet is almost black with a slight shimmer of burgundy in high light conditions; truly a unique gemstone!
Ancient jewellery, from those examples that have survived, prove to be a trove of imagination and variation. In ancient days, jewellery distinguished an individual in many ways. Rings represented the language of social code and portrayed one's standing like no other piece of jewellery. Under the Empire, a ring was considered a privilege of military distinction (in Roman times) and of Betrothal or Promise (in the Byzantine to Medieval periods). Bracelets were a pure form of decadence and wealth. During all of the ancient past, rings and bracelets signified a position of dignity and wealth.
It is unfortunate that the "popular" jewellery of today is manufactured by production lines with no significance or importance. All too many jewellers of today suffer with such a lack of imagination forgetting that soulful individuals will accent their lives with their jewellery for many years.
This item is guaranteed to be authentic and as described. We are honest sellers who stand by our guarantee with a 100% refund. We believe in a fair (and enjoyable) auction experience.
A fine addition to your collection!
Item: Ancient Silver Ring
Provenance: Iberian Peninsula
Material: 8.2g Silver, hand faceted night garnet gemstone
Size (modern approximate): 12 US/21.75mm
Condition: Excellent considering age
Age: 1500-1799 Medieval/Late Byzantine
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An illustrated Dictionary of Jewelry by Newman, Harold Thames & Hudson; Reissue edition (October, 1994)
A History of Jewellery 1100-1870 by Joan Evans Dover Publications (December 1, 1989)
Understanding Jewellery Antique Collectors' Club; 2nd editio n
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