VIKING GILT BRONZE HAIR OR BEARD RING, C.866-1067 AD
Danelaw England. 2.2mm width with rounded face. Just over 1/2" (0.52") inside diameter, 0.58" outside. Made with a central core to distribute the molten metal and heat. The core was then laboriously removed by hand with the remnants visible. The use of beard rings (also sometimes worn in the hair near the ears) by Vikings is well documented though very few genuine examples survive. Professionally refurbished for modern wear with the 24karat gold overlay restored. Jewelry gift boxed with a certificate of authenticity.