Finger ring

Gemstones and minerals had symbolic meanings in the medieval world. The Exeter Cathedral library contained an Arabic lapidary: a manuscript listing the medical, magical and spiritual properties of gems. This ring is probably set with a garnet, which has a deep red colour linked to the blood of Christ and female life force.

Object Summary

Accession Loan No.
32/2012
Collection Class
Devon archaeology
Collection Area Region
Northern Europe
Collector Excavator
McFadzean, Ian
Material
gold | touchstone? | | |
Common Name
finger ring
Simple Name
ring (finger)
Period Classification
Medieval (1200-1500)
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finger ring, lozenge shaped bezel and dark stone inset