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.
Collection Class
Devon archaeology
Collection Area Region
Northern Europe
Collector Excavator
McFadzean, Ian
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