ROMAN/BYZANTINE CHRISTENING OR BAPTISM RING, C. 2ND-6TH CENTURY AD SIZE ½
Gilt bronze, size about ½ which suggests a child of six months age or less. Slightly rounded face band, 1.3mm width flaring to the shoulders. Circular bezel with the four-point Star of Bethlehem superimposed with radials in the quarters, signifying a saltire or cross. The custom of baptizing infants originated in the second century with the evolution of the concept of Original Sin. Rings for infants were surely a luxury reserved for the noble class. Professionally refurbished with 24karat gold surface restored, gift boxed with certificate of authenticity. Wonderful gift for a modern Baptism!