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.
terminating at strengthened shoulders supporting the oblong "pie-dish" bezel set with a cabochon sapphire. At the base of the hoop there is a fede, or pair of hands clasped in love and friendship. English, 13th century.
Greek (Artist), PERIOD Elements: late 2nd century BC; Setting: 1st century BC (Greco-Roman), MEDIUM gold, garnet, amethyst, emerald, pearl, chrysoprase, glass, enamel and modern replacements, GEOGRAPHY Olbia (present-day Parutino, Ukraine) (Place of Discovery)