Viking yellow gold love ring. A yellow gold pennanular ring composed of gold wires entwined in a finely worked reef knot to centre and terminating in two snake heads with an open closure at reverse. Tested yellow gold, approximately 2.80g in weight, circa 9-11th century AD. This ring is a fine example of Viking craftsmanship with a labyrinthine ring design. This knot is a reef knot- a knot which has its origins in the ancient world and has been in use for over four thousand years. Its purpose is to tie together the two ends of a rope- making it a perfect symbol of the union of marriage with two people tying their lives together. Snakes are one of the earliest motifs used in jewellery and in ancient times were thought to represent the unending circle of life and everlasting love.