Antieke juwelen glossarium
A type of finger ring made in ancient Egypt, and in Phoenicia, Greece, and Etruria, with an ornament in the form of a scarab
. Such rings were made in several
forms: 1. The ring was a stirrup-shaped hoop with flattened pierced ends and a scarab was attached by a wire run through it so that the scarab could revolve when worn on a finger, with the underside
(engraved with the name or device of the owner) turned up when to be used as a seal and the beetle side up when worn as an ornament.
A non-swivelling type, with the outside of the ring of the same stirrup shape and set with a scarab
, but the inside circular to fit the finger; some such rings
were made of two hoops united at the top and having cut on the long oblong bezel the name and titles, in hieroglyphs, of the owner.
A circular type, similar to a modern signet ring, with an engraved scarab.
From: An Illustrated Dictionary of Jewelry, autor: Harold Newman, publishers: Thames and Hudson
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