Gold filigree and beaded ring, the broad hoop supporting the square bezel set with an amethyst cameo bust of the Virgin Mary, veiled, hands raised in prayer, inscribed in Greek letters MR OY. (Mary Mother of God), facing front. The back is incised with a cross and the Greek letters IC XC (Jesus Christ) to each side of the upright. C. 1100.
Fluted ring from the Aigina treasure, Minoan, about 1850-1550 BC From Aigina, Aegean Sea. The Aigina treasure includes five gold rings. Four of them, inlaid with lapis lazuli, are among the most technically skillful elements in the Aigina treasure. Lapis lazuli is a rare and precious stone and came to Crete via a long trade route from Afghanistan.