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Before the Roman invasion of the British Isles, rings of bronze, silver, and gold were used as a means of exchange, particularly in Ireland. Most exchanges of goods and property were conducted by barter based on shrewd evaluations in each specific situation. Some, need to be more accurately quantified and a system of bronze rings of various sizes evolved. These rings fulfilled that need as well as providing a palpable demonstration of value. They were worn, sewn to men’s leather jerkins as displays of prosperity. A refined subgroup of those rings intricately adorned in floral motifs evolved at the same time. The conspicuous difference between these and the plain counterparts suggests that they were for very specific purposes, probably the bride’s prices. As such, they would have had spiritual significance as well. They accord in form, but vary in detail, having been hand engraved. This example is a unique variant with rounded triangular form with figures at the three vertices. They appear to represent the evolution of a form, one globular, the second with rudimentary projection and the third fully evolved. The significance is long lost but the importance of this example is evident. It possibly was a royal gift or votive. It has been professionally refurbished with the pure silver overlay restored and mounted on a Sterling silver 18” neck chain, for contemporary wear. Jewelry gift boxed with a certificate of authenticity. 
Stock Number: B2350

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