6. A Gold And Ruby Ring
8th - 10th Century
Size: UK N US 7; Weight: 31 grams
A hollow but substantial ring probably with core material of tapering circular cross section shank and with an ovoid-shaped bezel containing three cabochon rubies. The shank is edged with three strands of twisted–wire filigree, the central strand meeting on the shoulder a cruciform decoration formed of applied indented oval elements. The gems set within a border of twisted–wire filigree. There are four floral motifs formed of triple discs. It has been suggested that the three stones represent the Hindu Trinity.
Metropolitan Museum New York