ROMAN IRON KEY RING C.100-300 AD
Size 6. Forged with broad band and raised rectangular block to the top. Wearing precious metal rings was a privilege of the ruling class. Commoners were restricted to iron rings. This example is a pinkie ring for a common man. Its form is of the true key rings which opened jewel boxes and were worn by the wealthy who owned such treasure boxes, but is in fact a fashion imitation with the "key" represented stylistically by a lug and transparently identified as such by its iron composition. Insight to Roman culture and class rarely seen as the combination of Mediterranean soil and iron seldom allows survivors.