Ancient: The ring is now believed to have belonged to royalty in the 5th and 6th centuries

Ancient: The ring is now believed to have belonged to royalty in the 5th and 6th centuries

Æthelwulf ring: Wiltshire, AD 828-58: Triangular bezel depicting stylized plant motif between two birds. The hoop decorated with a quatrefoil and interlaced knot design.  Æthelswith ring: West Yorkshire: Circular bezel with a beaded frame and contains a cruciform filled with leaf motifs. Within a central circle is a charming four-legged animal with a halo and the letters A and D which stand for 'Agnus Dei' (Lamb of God).  The ornament on both rings is inlaid with niello to make it stand out.

Æthelwulf ring: Wiltshire, AD 828-58: Triangular bezel depicting stylized plant motif between two birds. The hoop decorated with a quatrefoil and interlaced knot design. Æthelswith ring: West Yorkshire: Circular bezel with a beaded frame and contains a cruciform filled with leaf motifs. Within a central circle is a charming four-legged animal with a halo and the letters A and D which stand for 'Agnus Dei' (Lamb of God). The ornament on both rings is inlaid with niello to make it stand out.

A MEROVINGIAN GLASS AND GARNET GOLD FINGER RING circa 5th-6th century a.d. The hoop round in section, with collared shoulders joined to the diamond-shaped bezel, which is divided into quadrants and set with alternating squares of blue and green glass, the corners of the bezel terminating in roundels set with cabochon garnets

A MEROVINGIAN GLASS AND GARNET GOLD FINGER RING circa 5th-6th century a.d. The hoop round in section, with collared shoulders joined to the diamond-shaped bezel, which is divided into quadrants and set with alternating squares of blue and green glass, the corners of the bezel terminating in roundels set with cabochon garnets

Finger Ring Date: 6th–7th century Culture: Frankish Medium: Gold, carnelian intaglio Dimensions: Overall: 3/4 x 11/16 x 1/2 in. (1.9 x 1.8 x 1.2 cm) bezel: 7/16 x 5/16 in. (1.1 x 0.8 cm)

Finger Ring Date: 6th–7th century Culture: Frankish Medium: Gold, carnelian intaglio Dimensions: Overall: 3/4 x 11/16 x 1/2 in. (1.9 x 1.8 x 1.2 cm) bezel: 7/16 x 5/16 in. (1.1 x 0.8 cm)

Carnelian Intaglio Depicting Pallas Athena Holding Victory Origin: Europe Circa: 100 AD to 300 AD

Carnelian Intaglio Depicting Pallas Athena Holding Victory Origin: Europe Circa: 100 AD to 300 AD

Inscribed Sapphire Ring Date: late 14th century (setting); 10th century? (sapphire) Culture: Italian Medium: Gold, sapphire Dimensions: Height 30.8 mm; hoop outer diam. 27.89 mm; bezel 16.15 x 17.4 mm; weight 23.5 grams

Inscribed Sapphire Ring Date: late 14th century (setting); 10th century? (sapphire) Culture: Italian Medium: Gold, sapphire Dimensions: Height 30.8 mm; hoop outer diam. 27.89 mm; bezel 16.15 x 17.4 mm; weight 23.5 grams

TALISMAN OF CHARLEMAGNE~ ca. 814 AD; also a reliquary. Said to have been found on his body when his tomb was opened. Made of gold, sapphire, and other gems. Reims Cathedral Treasury, displayed at Palais du Tau.

TALISMAN OF CHARLEMAGNE~ ca. 814 AD; also a reliquary. Said to have been found on his body when his tomb was opened. Made of gold, sapphire, and other gems. Reims Cathedral Treasury, displayed at Palais du Tau.

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