Viking gemstone bead pendant. Consisting of an oval hoop set with a natural purple fluorite bead, a natural turquoise bead, a natural ruby bead and a natural green fluorite bead on twisted metal rope, to an elaborate twisted surmount featuring a secure gold bale closure pendent featuring intricate wirework, pendant is approximately 4.4cm in length. Tested yellow gold, approximately 7.4g in weight, circa 8th-11th century AD.
Viking pendant such as this is a rare survival from the ancient world. The pendant is a testament to the high level of skill of the craftsmen of the time and is in very fine condition commensurate with its age.