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finger-rings-lnks - 12/18/04


A set of web links to information on medieval finger rings by Dame Aoife Finn of Ynos Mon.


NOTE: See also the files: finger-rings-msg, jewelry-msg, ear-rings-msg, combs-info-art, amber-msg, pearls-msg, gem-sources-msg.





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    Mark S. Harris                  AKA:  THLord Stefan li Rous

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From: aoife at scatoday.net

Subject: [Aoife-Links] Lord of the Bling: What's on YOUR Finger?

Date: December 17, 2004 8:24:17 PM CST

To: aoife-links at scatoday.net


Greetings, my faithful readers!


Recently I and a few other ladies at a small Schola were given the ultimate

treat: We were allowed to pick up, try on, admire and goggle at some real

medieval jewelry artifacts. The owners of these artifacts were a pair of

rather infamous SCAdian brothers and merchants who rarely teach but were

happy to show their genuine medieval models and their modern medieval

replicas for a small class on historical jewelry. I was in heaven! At one

point I had six genuine historical rings on one hand, and I rapidly came to

several conclusions:


1) Medieval fingers were much smaller than mine. I was lucky to get these

adult rings onto my first finger joints, and though I am a tall woman, I

have medium-sized hands.

2) Much of what jewelry is sold as medieval out in the real world is

actually more fantasy or the dreaded "medieval inspired".

3) I love medieval rings.


Therefore, this Links List is dedicated to the Medieval finger-ring and

related items. As always, feel free to pass this Links List along to those

who will find it interesting!






Dame Aoife Finn of Ynos Mon, CL,CP


Endless Hills



Medieval Bronze Rings (Note slow loading due to looping music tract)


A merchant's site, with six images of extant medieval rings



Glitz Queen: Medieval Room


(Site Excerpt) Medieval Gold & Cabochon Ruby Ring. It must've been brand-new

when someone dropped it, for this ring was recovered from English earth in

perfect condition centuries later. At least five centuries later, since it

was made before goldmarking began.


Cronaca: Sixth Grader Fins Viking Ring



Viking Ring, Gold/Silver


(Site Excerpt) Reduplicate of jewelry from the Viking Age found at

excavations in Nar (Gotland Island, Southeast Sweden). The item weighs about

6.4 g (0.225 oz.).


Mirabilis.ca : Mystery of Biggest Viking Gold Ring


(Site Excerpt) The biggest Viking gold ring ever found in the British Isles

has been discovered among the belongings of a York man following his death.

Mystery surrounds the origins of the 324.6 gram arm ring, which has excited

experts, one of whom called the find "fantastic".


Saxon Rings for Sale:



Builder Finds Anglo-Saxon Gold Ring During Tea Break


An Oxfordshire builder went to a friend's house to help dig a patio and came

away having uncovered a 1,400-year-old gold ring. Decorated with a cross and

four glass beads, the Anglo-Saxon ring has now been declared as Treasure by

an Oxfordshire coroner and is awaiting valuation by the Department for

Culture, Media and Sport.


An Anglo-Saxon Runic Ring


(Site Excerpt) A finger-ring with an inscription in English runes was

uncovered, according to the only available report, in August/September 1993,

during the digging of a foundation trench for a house at Wheatley Hill, some

14 kilometres east of Durham. The ring had apparently been cleaned, and

this, together with certain curiosities in its design and legend, encouraged

the British Museum authorities to have it carefully examined by their

Department of Scientific Research. The conclusion was that the ring and text

were genuine, and the piece is now the property of the British Museum,

accession no. 1995,9-2,1.


Anglo-Saxon Braided Gold Ring


(Site Excerpt) Of utmost simplicity and surprising modernity, this Saxon

ring consists of two twisted wires plaited together and hammered at the

back. The gold content is extremely high, and the ring is very soft.


Medieval Jewelry


(Site Excerpt) A large proportion of gold used in late medieval production

was recycled gold: goldsmiths used ancient coins, jewelry, or other gold

objects as their raw material. In the High Middle Ages, the previously

produced gold stock of Europe was primarily accumulated in the court of the

Byzantine emperors; consequently, little gold was circulated in the Western



Stefan's Florilegium: Medieval Jewelry


(Site Excerpt from ONE message in the file) ...First I would point out that

there were times

in some cultures where no one but the royal family could wear gold or silver

jewelry (France for a while or two comes to mind, see "7000 Years of



(click accessories on the right and then finger-rings on the left. Site Excerpt from one message) ...Being a professional jeweler, I get asked this question frequently.  I usually give people  a short extract on love and marriage rings from an excellent book called "An Introduction to Rings" by Shirley Bury, who is the Keeper, Department of Metalwork for the Victoria and Albert Museum.


Personal Ornaments of Ancient Ireland


(Site Excerpt) Among the high classes the custom of wearing rings and

bracelets of gold, silver, and findruine (white bronze) on the fore-arm,

wrist, and fingers - including the thumb - was universal, and is mentioned

everywhere in ancient Irish literature.


Ashmole Museum: The Thame Hoard


(Site Excerpt) The five rings contained within the Thame Hoard are all made

of gold. Three of them include stones believed to have magical properties.

Ring b is set with a peridot, ring c with a toadstone and ring d with



Jewelry from the Thetford Treasure--Late 17th Century England






8.jpg&submit-button=summary (Apologies for the excessively long URL--please

copy-paste to be sure you get it all))


6,000 Years of Helenic Jewelry


Click on a menuitem to view a photo and description


Victoria and Albert Museum: William Wytlesey's ring


(Site Excerpt) This ring belonged to William Wytlesey, Archbishop of

Canterbury between 1362 and 1374. It is said to have been found in his tomb.


Jewelry as a messanger of culture between people


A selective history of goldsmithing


ww.historiska.se (Stockholm) : The Burge Hoard



Historical Museum of Gotland: Hoards from the Medieval Period and later (See

also late and early viking eras)


(Site Excerpt) The Dune hoard is the largest and most opulent medieval hoard

ever unearthed in northern Europe. The number of objects is no less than

122, some of which display an exceptionally high quality of craftsmanship.

The hoard contains characteristic objects from more or less every decade

from appr. 1100 to 1382. The latter date is marked by a small brooch made

out of a coin minted for the Teutonic Order's Grand Master Winrich von

Kniprode, 1351-1382.


If you wish to correspond with Aoife directly, please send mail to: mtnlion

at ptd dot net as she is unable to respond in this account


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