Sumerian Cloisonné Ring, Iraq, ca. 3000 BCE. (Louvre Paris Reunion des Musees National/Art Resource, New York/Photograph by Zeva Oelbaum). Possibly a wedding ring. *Cloisonné is an ancient technique for decorating metalwork objects, in recent centuries using porcelain enamel, and in older periods also inlays of cut gemstones, glass and other materials.
A gold fish pendant. Egyptian Middle Kingdom c. 2030-1650 B.C. (Photo: courtesy of National Museums Scotland). This piece will be part of the Metropolitan Museum's fall exhibit, "Artistic Achievements of the Middle Kingdom."
5th century, late Roman. Gold signet-ring composed of a square bezel with angled sides and a hoop constructed of seven small medallions between each of which are two small granules. On the bezel a confronted male and female bust, above them, a cross; the medallions are decorated with alternate male and female busts. in the field to left and right of each bust, a vegetal motif; traces of niello in each medallion.