Finger Ring with a cross c. 450-525
Frankish, Diameter of 2.1 cm
Metropolitan Museum of Art Gallery 301 [x]
Rings were typically only worn by people of nobility or someone who needed a seal, such as the King or important clergy and government officials. This ring, decorated with a cross, is made with gold filgeree and cloisonne craftsmenship. The inlaid stones are mother of pearl and garnet. This is an example of Frankish craftsmenship, even at an early time.