Seller: leesleep (10,318) 98.4%, Location: Colchester, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 332041689141 Condition: EXCELLENT, Material: Silver, roman gold jewellery: rings, Details: STUNNING & VERY RARE ANCIENT PHOENICIAN SLVER RINGAncient Eastern Mediterranean, Phoenicia, ca. 6th century BCE. A silver ring with a solid cast braid design shank and with flared shoulders supporting a raised circular bezel. The bezel is set with an amethyst cabochon. The Phoenicians were a collection of highly independent maritime-trading city-states who we know about mainly the Greeks; the name Phoenician was given to these people by the Greeks. We believe that it is derived from the word phoenix, signifying the color purple-red, an allusion to their prized purple dye. The purple stone of this cabochon would have reminded Phoenicians of that dye, and signified wealth. DATES: CIRCA, 6TH CENTURY BC SIZE: US 7 & UK MWEIGHT : 4.6 GRAMS Check out my other items!