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Offline KnightNZ

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Ring ID -- Help!
« on: November 12, 2022, 02:08:30 am »
Hi guys,

New member looking to find out more about this ring. Here's what I know:

- Purchased in Dubai
- Came from a museum auction
- Advertised as 'Byzantine' in the catalogue (is this likely?)
- High gold content
- Inner diameter is 17mm, so reasonably sized

I'm not hugely familiar with ancient rings, but wanted to try and get a little more information about this piece. The centre 'stone' is actually a bead made from banded agate (can see the hole in the pictures) and is loose set. -- Shaking the ring means that it is free to move about. Beautiful filigree motif on the band, which resembles a grape vine.

Thoughts/comments/information much appreciated. 

Thanks! :)


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Re: Ring ID -- Help!
« Reply #1 on: November 12, 2022, 02:54:01 am »
Thinking it's more likely Etruscan?

- The stone/Egyptian influence
- The filigree work
- The granulation (to make the grapes)
- Sheet gold construction. Thin and hollow...

Could be well off the mark here... Not sure.


 

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Re: Ring ID -- Help!
« Reply #2 on: November 12, 2022, 08:28:03 am »
Welcome to Forum.  People are weary of clicking an external link.  If you can, post the picture in the thread for more eyes.

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Re: Ring ID -- Help!
« Reply #3 on: November 12, 2022, 03:52:35 pm »
Ahh sorry about that.

Here you go! -- Not sure how to insert into the post, but have attached at the bottom... Cheers.


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Re: Ring ID -- Help!
« Reply #4 on: November 12, 2022, 07:02:15 pm »
You got it as far as attaching images. I do not know about rings, but that one is quite beautiful. Someone here will know and give you more info.

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« Reply #5 on: November 12, 2022, 09:02:02 pm »
You got it as far as attaching images. I do not know about rings, but that one is quite beautiful. Someone here will know and give you more info.

Virgil

Thanks! -- Yes it's gorgeous. Doesn't look Byzantine from my limited knowledge of these things...

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Re: Ring ID -- Help!
« Reply #6 on: November 14, 2022, 04:37:37 pm »
There must be someone here with some information...  ???

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Re: Ring ID -- Help!
« Reply #7 on: November 14, 2022, 07:36:10 pm »
It is very unlikely to be Etruscan. I believe it is likely Byzantine era from the eastern Med. 
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« Reply #8 on: November 14, 2022, 07:49:21 pm »
Thanks for the insight -- Are you able to tell me more about your thinking?

Also potential value? Seems like a nice piece regardless of the era it was crafted.

Thanks so much :)

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« Reply #9 on: November 14, 2022, 08:02:33 pm »
For my own information, I'd love some other examples to compare it to as well... if that's possible. Keen to learn as much as possible!

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« Reply #10 on: November 15, 2022, 10:29:33 am »
Thanks for the insight -- Are you able to tell me more about your thinking?

Also potential value? Seems like a nice piece regardless of the era it was crafted.

Thanks so much :)

Etruscan antiquities are MUCH rarer than Byzantine and I have no idea why you might think it is Etruscan.

It looks similar to other Byzantine era gold jewelry that I have seen.

We do not discuss values here.
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Re: Ring ID -- Help!
« Reply #11 on: November 15, 2022, 03:15:45 pm »
Thanks for the insight -- Are you able to tell me more about your thinking?

Also potential value? Seems like a nice piece regardless of the era it was crafted.

Thanks so much :)

Etruscan antiquities are MUCH rarer than Byzantine and I have no idea why you might think it is Etruscan.

It looks similar to other Byzantine era gold jewelry that I have seen.

We do not discuss values here.

Ok, thanks.

Would you be able to suggest some reading for me to do? I would like to familiarise myself with other examples, if possible. This is all very interesting to me. 

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Re: Ring ID -- Help!
« Reply #12 on: November 15, 2022, 03:18:52 pm »
It also look Byzantine to me but I don't have anything to base it on!

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Re: Ring ID -- Help!
« Reply #13 on: November 21, 2022, 03:06:19 pm »
You can find a list of references at the bottom of our shop's jewelry page.

https://www.forumancientcoins.com/catalog/roman-and-greek-coins.asp?vpar=1600
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