Anglo Saxon Ring, 7th-10th C.ad, Size 4 1/4
The iconic form was found in the UK in the pre-Viking and Early Viking periods. Size 4 1/4 for the small finger as was the custom. 32.7mm rounded face band thickened at the bottom carrying on the Roman tradition. Broad flat bezel with a cluster of concentric circles. See Ancient Rings, Pollio, p.42, lower left for a near-identical example. The arrangement of the circles is near-symmetrical. The skill required to produce the rings belies the concept that the spacing is random, though its significance, undoubtedly spiritual, is now lost. Rings of this type have been found along the route to the Holy Land, and pilgrim badges are commonly found in England. After Viking settlements were established, something under half of the English soil was still occupied by Anglo Saxons who frequently fought the Vikings. Professionally refurbished with the 24karat gold overlay restored. See the reference image which shows the process. Jewelry gift boxed with a certificate of authenticity.