AUTHENTIC ANCIENT SILVER ISLAMIC CRUSADER RING 6 1/2 US 16.75mm 8664

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AUTHENTIC ANCIENT SILVER ISLAMIC CRUSADER RING 6 1/2 US 16.75mm 8664 Click to Enlarge
This Islamic ring dates to the times of the Crusades (aka 11th-13th century). These types of rings were worn by Islamic crusaders as protection against all evil (diseases, being wounded, evil spirits etc). The swirly patterns were made by what is called a granulation technique. This technique required great skill from the jeweler as it had so many stages to get the desired result. First one had to make the band, the the bezel and the attach to one another. Then they had to make hundreds of miniscule silver granules. The granules were attached to the hoop and the bezel with an organic glue that could be made from tree sap, tar, starch, bone marrow or some other sticky material. Then the ring would be reheated. The heating burned off the glue and melted the bottom part of the granules, hence, attaching them to the ring. One really had to be careful with the temperature doing this, since too much heat would destroy the ring and too little heat just would not do the trick.
 
These type of rings, for the most part, had a hollow bezel. The bezel was filled with fragrant, antiseptic and magical herbs. The fragrant herbs helped, for instance, when clearing the battle grounds of bodies after a battle. One could fight off the smell by occasionally sniffing on the bezel of the ring. The antiseptic herbs helped against bacteria and helped wounds, sores etc to heal faster. These herbs would, also, be used on the horses of the crusaders since they were their most priced possession and considered to be members of the family. The magical herbs were used to fend off evil spirits, evil spells and such.

This item is guaranteed to be an authentic artifact found with a metal detector in Istanbul, Turkey. This ring dates from the 11th to the 13th Centuries A.D.

Please see the title for the size of this ring. You can SHOP FOR RINGS BY SIZE in my store. I have a categories set up based on US ring sizes. You can also search my ring auctions by size if you like. The US rings have a space between the whole and fraction size. So search for 8(space)1/2 for a size 8 1/2. The international sizes have NO spaces i.e. 18.5mm.

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