A finger ring formed from a length of copper-alloy wire. The wire is circular in section and plain, except for the two ends, which have barley-twist decoration. The wire is coiled twice to form the band, and the two ends are looped through each other a number of times to form a knot-like bezel. The remaining length is then wound transversely around the hoop twice on each side of the bezel.
This a substantial Scandinavian Viking solid gold finger ring, dating to the 9th - 10th century A.D. This type of finger ring is a classic of the Viking age, with an ornately knotted bezel. The bezel is formed as a reef knot, which has been in use for over four thousand years as a symbol of marriage. The ring is made from a single rod, hammered and drawn thinner towards the terminals, which are then tied and neatly wrapped on the shoulders. The ring is robust and heavy, designed for everyday