This rare and splendid piece of jewellery takes the form of two rings side by side, each with a raised and pointed oval bezel with ‘chip-carved’ decoration and granulated surround. Chip-carving was a skilful technique produced with small sharp punches creating a somewhat oriental style. It is a well-known characteristic of Early Byzantine gold jewellery, such as buckles and belt strap jewellery. A similar ring, dating to the sixth century AD, is displayed in the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto (986.181.1).
Private Collection, Germany, 1970s.