Medieval Gold Ring

medieval gold ring

Late medieval gold ring

A single gold ring was retrieved from excavations within the Old Council House in Corn Street, central Bristol. The ring was found within a destruction layer dating to the late medieval period. The ring design consisted of two cup shaped bezels soldered to a loop with two shoulders. The bezels were missing the cabochons (gem stones) but still contained the gold attachment pins inside them.

close-up of a medieval gold ring

Close-up of the gemstone attachment pins

Between the bezels and the shoulders is an openwork trefoil design. The ring loop consists of repeating circumferential ridges and is an example of the late-medieval base-metal wound wire tradition of trinket manufacture. External measurement 27mm; Internal measurement 21mm; I of bezel 7mm.

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