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Islamic Emerald and Pearl Ring

Ships From: Boston, MA US

Description: Circa 6th-7th century ADThe cast gold ring, with a collet of beaded wire, is set with a fine Egyptian emerald. The Romans and Byzantines left the emerald in its natural shape and only polished the surface. The central stone is surrounded by a thin wire threaded through loops and strung with seed pearls. The substantial bezel is pyramid shaped which was a popular form in that period.

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Price: $5,000

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Extremely Rare and Important Konyak, Naga Antique Cotton, Hand Stitched Body Cloth

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Description: Extremely rare and important Authentic Konyak Naga tribe antique cotton, hand woven, hand stitched body cloth belonging exclusively to the wife of a chief (Ang) of a prominent village in Nagaland. Done in patterned knotted fashion, late 1800's, early 1900's. A similar piece is in the Weltmuseum in Germany. Very few are known to exist.Please note that the designation Authentic means that the piece was made by the Nagas and used by them in their actual ceremonies and not made for tourists.

Condition Report: Excellent

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Price: $6,000

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Pre-columbian Diquis Gold Eagle Pectoral

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Description: Diquis Pre columbian gold eagle pectoral from Costa Rica X-XV Century, mounted in a contemporary Crystal rock, sea shells and white feather structure. Very high carat solid gold. Comes with a very strong provenance from France, with European community passport to exit France.  The piece was collected by Álvaro Guillot-Muñoz, Uruguayo, 1897-1971. Died in Nice and willed his collection to his daughter Julietta Muñoz, from whom the dealer acquired it in France. Dealer has the will, and original papers and passports, which will be provided to the winning bidder.

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Price: $8,700

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Later Imperial Roman gold Earrings with glass beads

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Description: Mounted on removable modern gold earwires for wear.Earrings of twisted thick solid tapered wires, with frontal green glass beads strung on thin gold wires. Beads with iridescent patina. Unusually good conditon for the type. 3d Century AD, probably Italy.

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Price: $3,500

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Imperial Roman opus interrasile gold earrings set with garnets and pearls

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Description: Pearls replaced in the late 19th or early 20th Century.Elaborate gold shield style earrings, intricately cut from gold sheet in the opus interrasile technique. Circulare discs featuring central bezel-set circular domed cabochon garnets encircled with applied twisted wire, horizontal bars attached below discs with symmentrical diagonal struts and bosses articulated with granulation, the bars hung with four wire drops, each wrapped with pearl beads. No repair, 2nd - 4th Centuries AD, probably Italy.

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Imperial Roman gold earrings with onyx cameos of female portrait busts

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Description: Drops set with lapis lazuli or glass paste.Fine Imperial Roman gold earrings featuring onyx cameos of female busts, the coiffures related to the ruling classes of the 3d Century AD. The cameos are set in gold sheet bezels worked in repousse, symmetrical vegetal motif drops in repousse sheet attached by wire jump rings, the drops set with lapis lazuli or paste gems in central circular bezels. Intact, 3d Century AD, probably Italy.

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Imperial roman gold necklace wrapped with garnet disc beads and a single opaque blue glass bead

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Description: A lovely Imperial Roman gold necklace wrapped with disc shaped flat garnet beads, and a single opaque blue pâte de verre bead. Original shepherd's crook clasp. Without repair or restoration. 2nd - 3d Centuries AD, probably Italy.

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Important matched pair of Bronze Age Near Eastern gold pendants, Tel el Ajjul type

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Description: A rare matched pair with repousse and incised geometric motifs, original suspension loops intact. Late 2nd Millennium BC, Levant, probably Gaza.

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Price: $9,000

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Imperial Roman gold earrings set with garnets, with amphora pendant drops

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Description: Mounted on removable gold earwires for wear.Tapered lunette hoops with hound's tooth sheet bezels set with original garnets, the bezels set with encircled with minute granulation. Additional granulated decoration of amphora drops. Wires at base of drops would have originally been set with glass or pearl beads, now lost.Roman Turkey, 3d - 4th Centuries AD. No repair or restoration.

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Price: $4,000

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Hellenistic Greek gold lion's head earrings

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Description: Mounted on removable gold earwires for modern wear.Hellenistic Greek hoop earrings of gold sheet with repousse Lion's head terminals. Intact, 3d - 2nd Centuries BC, Greece.

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Price: $2,800

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Rare Sumerian gold earrings

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Description: Rare fine small Sumerian lunette hoop earrings. Intact, late 3d Millennium BC

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Price: $2,500

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Pre-columbian tiered Gold Necklace

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Description: This very well preserved pre-columbian gold pieces were originally earrings worn by women in present day Columbia. Crafted in a wax mold, the set has been redesigned in a very contemporary style.

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Price: $3,300

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Matched pair of Islamic gold bracelets set with turquoise cabochons

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Description: An exquisite rare matched pair of Islamic gold bracelets of heavy fused braided wire, original pin-clasps set with turquoise cabochons in intricately granulated settings. No repair. Stones probably replaced in the late 19th or early 20th Centuries. 11th Century AD, Syria or Iran

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Price: $8,000

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Rutilated Crystal Quartz Necklace with Sinu Pre- columbian gold ornament

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Description: Flat rutilated crystal quartz necklace with Sinu gold ear ornament with four registers of false filigree and zigzag pattern element on the upper rim. Columbia 800 - 1200.

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Price: $4,680

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Pre-columbian Chavin Gold Monkey Plaque

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Description: Vibrant green Chrome Diopsite necklace with Pre-columbian Chavin gold monkey plaque. North Coast Peru. 500 BC. Ex. Jean Eugene Lions, Switzerland.

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Price: $4,500

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Natural Rock Crystal with Tumbaga Pre-columbian Tairona Bird Pendant

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Description: Natural rock crystal tubular bead necklace with Tairona Precolumbian Tumbaga bird gold pendant. Colombia 800 - 1500 AD

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Price: $8,700

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Pre-columbian Masterpiece of Gold Caiman Pendant

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Description: A lovely, high carat, lost wax cast gold pendant in the form of a crocodile standing on four squat legs supporting his body and a large toothy head, the snout extended and showing rows of deadly teeth.

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Price: $17,820

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Old Indian Reliquary Pendant

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Description: Late 19th CenturyReliquary gold pendant with 8 diamonds and one ruby in the middle and enamel in the back

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Price: $3,480

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Crystal Necklace with Pre-columbian Tumbaga Frog Pendant

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Description: Modern natural rock crystal round bead necklace with Tairona Precolumbian Tumbaga frog gold pendant. Colombia 500-1000 AD

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Price: $3,900

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Tourmaline Necklace with  Pre-columbian Gold Frog

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Description: Green tourmaline tube necklace with Gold Precolumbian Diquis frog pendant with Bulbous Rattle's Eyes. Lost wax cast technique made with bee's wax. Costa Rica 1000-1500.

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Price: $5,100

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Unusually large Imperial Roman gold pendant set with a table-cut banded agate

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Description: The bezel elaborately decorated with applied granulation and twisted wire. Eastern Empire, 2nd - 3d Centuries AD. Intact.

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Price: $10,000

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Very fine Imperial Roman gold necklace of Herakles Knot links wrapped with emerald beads

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Description: An exquisite Imperial Roman necklace of Herklas Knots, a symbol of eternity, cut from gold sheet, wrapped with emerald beads. Original elaborate shepherd's crook clasp. Intact, 2nd - 3d Centuries AD, probably Italy.

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Price: $15,000

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White Matte Oval Rock Crystal Beads with 3 Pre-columbian Chavin Gold pieces

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Description: White Matte Large Oval Rock Crystal Beads and 3 Chavin Gold Necklace. South Coast, Peru. 1000-500 BC.

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Price: $7,500

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Important  Pre-columbian Chavin Necklace

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Description: This magnificent necklace has Chavin Precolumbian gold pieces and rock crystal beads that date 500 to 100 BC

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Price: $5,500

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Authentic Rengma Naga Large Shell and Carnelian Necklace with Wood Support

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Description: Authentic Rengma Naga large shell and carnelian necklace with wood support. Impressive example of tubular shell beads, faceted cylindrical and elliptical carnelian beads and cobalt tubular glass bead necklace with a neck rest of wood incorporated into the large shell at the back. Style is worn across the Southwestern Naga Hills in varying sizes and styles including the Angami, Rengma, Chakhesang and Sema tribes. The piece is 29 inches long and is in excellent condition for its use and age which is the early to mid 19th century.Please note that the designation "Authentic" means that the piece was made by the Nagas and used by them in their actual ceremonies and not made for tourists.

Condition Report: Excellent

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Price: $5,000

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Tribal Collar, authentic Unique Konyak Naga mustard cylindrical bead collar with cobalt center and bells

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Description: Authentic Konyak unique Naga Mustard Cylindrical Bead Collar with Cobalt Center and Bells. Very fine, old festival necklace of rare glass beads with finely patterned woven bands and horn separators. Far fewer of this style than others in the array of Konyak daily and festival jewelry. The piece is 36 inches long, has 23 strands of beads, and is in excellent condition for its use and age which is the early to mid 19th century.Please note that the designation "Authentic" means that the piece was made by the Nagas and used by them in their actual ceremonies and not made for tourists.

Condition Report: Excellent

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Price: $5,500

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Vintage necklace, Authentic Konyak large mustard bead, very old large collar with Bells and Shell

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Description: Authentic Vintage Konyak Large Mustard Bead very Old Large Collar with Bells and Shell Sections. Konyak festival collar necklace, especially old and worn. The piece is 34" x 5 ", has 21 strands of beads and is in very good condition given its use and age which is estimated to be the mid to late 20th century.Please note that the designation "Authentic" means that the piece was made by the Nagas and used by them in their actual ceremonies and not made for tourists.

Condition Report: Very good

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Price: $5,500

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Authentic Naga extra large burgundy whiteheart Royal glass bead necklace with topaz bead center

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Description: Authentic Naga extra large burgundy Whiteheart glass bead "Royal" necklace with topaz Bead Center, green bands at the top and long beaded shell button clasp. The piece is 46 inches long and has 44 strands of beads and is in very good condition for its use and age which is estimated to be the early 1900"s.Please note that the designation "Authentic" means that the piece was made by the Nagas and used by them in their actual ceremonies and not made for tourists.

Condition Report: Very good

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Price: $5,000

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Authenic Ao Naga Wealthy Woman's Carnelian, Shell and Brass Bell Necklace

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Description: Authentic Ao Naga Wealthy Woman's Carnelian, Shell and Brass Bell Necklace. The piece has 5 strands of Carnelian beads 37 brass bells 7 chank shells as the decorative enclosure and is 20 inches long. This is an extremely high status piece worn by only the wealthiest of Ao women who would have the ability to buy or trade for such carnelian beads. Carnelian was mined in Cambay in South Indian and traded to the Nagas hundreds of years ago. Only Ao women wore this shape of beads. Chank slice shells of this size were also distinctive of Ao women's jewelry pieces.Please note that the designation "Authentic" means that the piece was made by the Nagas and used by them in their actual ceremonies and not made for tourists.

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Price: $5,000

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Authentic Konyak Naga Chief's Blue Padre Bead Necklace with Shells and Bells

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Description: Authentic Konyak Naga Chief's Blue Padre Bead Necklace with Shells and Brass Bells. High value blue padre beads, are still valued in northern areas of the Naga Hills. The piece is 17 long and has 5 strands of large beads and is in excellent condition for its use and age which is the early to mid 19th century.Please note that the designation "Authentic" means that the piece was made by the Nagas and used by them in their actual ceremonies and not made for tourists.

Condition Report: Excellent

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Price: $5,000

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Authenic Rare Konyak Naga Chief's Wife Beaded Body Cloth

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Description: Authentic rare Konyak Naga chief's wife beaded body cloth. The piece has a small repair made by the wearer a long time ago. Rare textile limited to Konyak ang's (chief's) wife. With extensive beadwork along length of textile on top and bottom. Even more rare pieces have Job's tears seeds and brass discs additionally. The piece is 36 inches wide and 72 inches long, and is in excellent condition for its use and age which is the early to mid 19th century.Please note that the designation "Authentic" means that the piece was made by the Nagas and used by them in their actual ceremonies and not made for tourists.

Condition Report: Excellent

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Price: $4,000

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Authentic, Vintage Konyak Wakching Village Tubular Brown Ancient Deomani Glass Bead Collar Necklace Brass Bar

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Description: Authentic Konyak Wakching village tubular brown and ancient deomani glass bead collar with brass bar separators and four shells at the clasp. Very specific elements, including historically important deomani glass beads, the origin of which is not known for sure but has been written about extensively. The piece is 12" long and 3.5 "wide and is in excellent condition for its age and use which is estimated to be mid to late 19th century.Please note that the designation "Authentic" means that the piece was made by the Nagas and used by them in their actual ceremonies and not made for tourists.

Condition Report: Excellent

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Price: $4,000

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Authentic Vintage Konyak Dark Orange Large Collar Necklace with Brass Bells and Spiral Elements

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Description: Authentic Vintage Konyak Dark Orange Large Collar Necklace with Brass Bells and Spiral Elements. The piece is 36" x 5 ", has 25 strands of beads and is in very good condition given its use and age which is estimated to be the mid to late 20th century.Please note that the designation "Authentic" means that the piece was made by the Nagas and used by them in their actual ceremonies and not made for tourists.

Condition Report: Very good

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Price: $4,000

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Important Pre-columbian Moche Rock Crystal Necklace

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Description: Master piece diminute gold and turquoise beads necklace with 8 Moche rock crystal graduated beads in the shape of a sacrificial tumi.

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Price: $4,080

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Pre-columbian Aztec Flint Flower and Tip Necklace

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Description: This necklace is elegance at its finest, combining ancient Aztec flint with precious metals that accent each unique flint piece. Modern design makes this ancient treasure accessible.

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Price: $1,500

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Old Indian Bazuband Inlaid with Diamonds

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Description: Late 19th CenturyOne gold "Bazuband"inlaid with diamonds and white enamel on the back. Chain of multiple miniature Barsa Pearls.

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Price: $12,500

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Islamic Intaglio Ring

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Description: Circa 4th-5th century ADThe massive band, rounded on the exterior, flat on the interior, and ridged on the perimeter joins a pyramid-shaped bezel, rising in a series of receding steps; the bezel is set with a large carnelian intaglio. Engraved into the flat surface is a bird which would have been symbolic to the wearer. In fact, birds were often kept as pets in Roman times. The substantial ring is a wearable example of a notable type found throughout Europe in the late Roman Empire.

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Price: $3,000

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Byzantine Cloisonne Ring

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Description: With a round projecting bezel composed of cloisonne inlay in red and white enamel in the form of a flower on a dark-blue ground. This ring is an excellent example of its type with its twisted wire hoop which was popular in the late Roman and Byzantine periods. Cloisonne enamel consists of strips of sheet metal, described as "cloisons," which form the outline of a decorative pattern and are soldered to the surface. The enamels are laid into the shapes and fired.

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Price: $1,000

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Late Roman Gemstone Ring

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Description: Charming ring hammered of sheet gold, widening at the bezel to hold a gemstone made of purple glass paste imitating an amethyst. This particular type of ring is Graeco-Roman in style and is found up to the end of the 2nd century AD; interestingly, it is a classical antecedent for the Gothic stirrup ring. With the expanding Empire and new sources for gemstones, jewelry with lots of color became popular with the Roman ladies. They used many different stones and also brightly colored glass as occurs here in this delicate ring.

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Price: $800

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Late Roman Key Ring

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Description: Possibly 4th century ADRings with projecting bezels were inspired by bronze key rings, thought to open small boxes (or marriage caskets) in use from the 1st century A.D. up to the early medieval period. The present example (the key element decorative and no longer functional) is unusual because it combines Christian iconography with personal initials. The bezel is engraved with an "ajoure" Greek cross crowning a flat band and inscribed with the letters LVR. The bezel is bordered on each side by a projecting circular band (right side repaired), the top of the bezel crenellated. Such rings are thought to symbolize marriage or betrothal and were worn by Roman brides to signify their role in household management.

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Price: $5,000

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Early Medieval Ring

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Description: Possibly 7th-8th centuryHammered and rounded band with twisted wires at the shoulders and across the reverse of the bezel, terminating with four globules on both sides and a curved, enfolded design around the raised bezel, set with a greenish colored stone (jasper?).

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Price: $1,500

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Roman Green Glass Ring

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Description: Possibly 3rd-4th century ADFlat band with an interlaced wire pattern, the shoulders composing "V" shaped groups of globules set in a bezel surrounded by beaded wire with pitted green glass. This a typical example of the Late Roman love for intricate ornamentation in filigree in combination with the bright green glass stone imitating an emerald.

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Price: $2,000

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Renaissance Gemstone Ring

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Description: This "cusped" or scalloped setting is typical for later medieval gemstone rings, and shows the intermediary stage between the "claw" setting and the box bezel. Such rings often appear in fifteenth- and sixteenth-century portraits. These and other portraits provide a means of circumscribing the popularity of cusped rings, which coincide in date with the box bezel type that eventually replaced them. The red glass stone would have been chosen as a more affordable alternative to rubies, the stone of love.

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Price: $4,000

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Renaissance Ring

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Description: The imagery of two dogs, facing each other and evidently sharing a piece of wood or a bone suggests the idea of fidelity, either in friendship or love. This ring is typical of a class of Italian and German Renaissance rings, usually enameled, representing animals and sometimes people in three dimensions on their bezels. A thin circular hoop is reinforced by soldering to a second hoop sculpted in three-dimensions (in ronde-bosse). There are traces of white enamel on the dogs and of black enamel on the hoop.

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Price: $2,000

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Islamic Intaglio Ring with Boar

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Description: Oval bezel composed of stamped sheet gold, the shoulders shaped in double spirals and palmettes. The decorative sprue at the base of the hoop is typical of Islamic rings, and originally this feature was a remnant from casting rings. Islamic goldsmiths utilized this as an ornament. The intaglio bearing the graceful image of a standing wild boar is likely of an earlier date, possibly Sassanian. The reverse of the bezel is engraved in the gold with the image of a bird.

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Price: $2,000

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Renaissance Revival Ring

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Description: Late 19th-early 20th centuryThe design of the ring goes back to late 16th and 17th century prototypes. Numerous examples of this type in various collections often mistaken for Renaissance rings were made by students learning to become goldsmiths at the Staatliche Zeichenakademie in Hanau in Germany in the late 19th and early 20th century. A slender flat hoop supports a massive projecting bezel incised and decorated with black enamel. The stone has been cut into a pyramid capped with a small square crown, and the bezel and shoulders of the ring are adorned with cast grotteschi-derived strapwork ornament that bears substantial traces of enamel in red, white, and black.

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Price: $1,500

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Medieval Stirrup Ring

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Description: This is a typical Gothic style ring, known as stirrup ring named after it shape, that of a horse's stirrup. Typically reserved for ecclesiastical purposes and worn by men of the Church. These are often set with cabochon sapphires, the blue of the stone reminding of their divine powers. The stirrup ring originates in the 12th century and continues till the 14th century, perhaps to emulate the Gothic arches of Cathedrals. This stirrup-shaped ring is set with a dark blue cabochon sapphire and has a solid gold thick hoop, flat in the interior and rounded on the exterior widening toward the bezel.

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Price: $1,000

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Medieval Belt Ring

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Description: This belt ring differs from known examples because the buckle terminates in a loop rather than a strap. Most surviving belt rings are 14th-century English, and many were evidently sold to pilgrims at shrines. A single thin gold wire is decorated with gold dots on the hoop and terminates on one side with a belt buckle and on the other with a knot. Belt rings symbolize fidelity, promise, fertility, as well as referring to the sacred belt of the Virgin Mary.

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Price: $1,000

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Signet Ring YN DEDE

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Description: 15th century(?)This massive ring has a heavy gold hoop widening at the shoulders to join a thick round bezel with intaglio device surrounded by a cabled border. Engraved in the center of the bezel is a round-faced lion, above which an inscription in Gothic lettering reads in reverse: "YN DEDE," ("in deed or "indeed"). This motto perhaps descends from one of the Knights Marchers, or Marcher Lords, who occupied the borderlands between Wales and England and who were granted special privileges and status. In the Middle Ages signet rings were designed with recognizable devices and heraldry to verify receipt, as identification, and as a sign of status. To withstand daily use, signets are often thick and heavy.

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Price: $5,000

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Medieval Twisted Band Ring

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Description: This beautiful, wearable ring consists of a spiral-grooved hoop. The band is typical of medieval British iconographic rings fabricated in England and Scotland, and a solid gold version of this type is in the collections of the Victoria and Albert Museum. Such rings were also used as wedding bands.

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Price: $1,000

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