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Ancient Byzantine Rare Silver And Carnelian Ring 700-800 Ad For Sale

Ancient Byzantine Rare Silver And Carnelian Ring 700-800 Ad

About The Byzantine Jewelry

Byzantine jewelry was a full continuation of the Roman traditions which were kept alive behind the high walls of the new capital, Constantinople. The Roman techniques and styles continued to form the foundation of Byzantine goldsmith's skills who weren't complete copycats; some innovations such as the use of Christian iconography and further specialization of new and old techniques occurred. Production in the old jewelry centers of Alexandria and Antioch gave way to an increased production in Constantinople. Byzantine jewelry had a huge influence on the manufacturing of personal decoration in the rest of the medieval world. The Carolingian (early 742 AD) and the later Ottonian courts (start 962 AD) were linked to the Byzantine Empire and adopted their fashion resulting in the northern European Romanesque jewelry style.

In the Byzantine Empire jewelry played an important role. It acted as a way to express ones status and as a diplomatic tool. In 529 AD, Emperor Justinian took up laws regulating the wearing and usage of jewelry in a new set of laws, later to be called the Justinian Code. He explicitly writes that sapphires, emeralds and pearls are reserved for the emperor's use but every free man is entitled to wear a gold ring. This may tell us something about the widespread use and great popularity of jewelry. One could easily argue that there hadn't been a need for such a law if jewelry had been a purely aristocratic phenomenon.

The Byzantine Empire was wealthy. It had gold mines within its borders and its geographical position was perfect for trade between the East and West. Successful traders, military officers and high officials in the empire's administration would all have been in the position to afford luxurious jewelry. In an attempt to keep jewelry exclusive Justinian ruled that only he got to decide who wore the finest jewels by presenting his favorite 'servants' with presents from the imperial workshops. It is important to note that the emperor's monopoly didn't mean that only a few high ranked people wore jewelry, on the contrary, all other precious stones and gold in general were allowed to be worn. Items that are expected to be made in the imperial workshops have been found throughout the empire. These items could have been diplomatic gifts to local rulers or have been carried there on the bodies of military leaders and diplomats of the empire itself.

Just like in Roman times gemstones were extremely popular and the display of gems became more important than the surrounding gold work. Precious stones came mainly from the East. Flourishing trading contacts with India and Persia brought vast amounts of garnets, , corundum and pearls to Constantinople. Gold was being mined within the empire's borders in modern day Greece, the Balkans and in Turkey, where silver was found with gold. The people of the Byzantine Empire liked their jewelry colorful. In addition to gemstones the desired polychrome effect was achieved by the use of enamel.

About This Ring

This stunning silver Byzantine ring is an extremely well preserved piece of treasure with hardly any signs of attrition from ancient use or burial. A solid and smooth one-piece beauty with an oval cabochon cut carnelian gemstone set deep and secure within its bezel, adorned with contrasting and deeply etched dotted patterns all around its perimeter. Today, it remains elegant in style and an eye-catching piece that certainly commands attention.
Jewelry pieces that have survived such as this ring and their representations in paintings, give us an idea of the luxury and high quality of ornaments of the Byzantine era. During this period, filigree techniques reach perfection level, while silver is used instead of gold. The amount of the surviving pieces of this whole period is extremely small in relation to the range and duration of the Byzantine Empire treasures had been buried in the earth during times of invasions to be protected. These pieces manifest the artistic influence and radiance of Byzantium.Carnelian: Its bright reddish-orange color (the best grade of color) is also known as ‘blood agate’. The ancient Egyptians described Carnelian as a 'sunset enclosed in stone'. It was a symbol of life in Egypt and talisman of true love in Greek. The name ‘Carnelian’ comes from a Latin word meaning "flesh."


Additional Information

Circa:700-800 AD

Inner Diameter: 17 mm

Top to Bottom: 24 mm

US Ring size - 6 3/4

Type of material/s used – Silver & Agate

Condition – Extra fine

Region of ancient origin – Jerusalem, Israel

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