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BISHOP'S STIRRUP

Bishop’s stirrup rings were a distinct style of ring during the Medieval period in France and England.

The shape of the ring rises to an apex or dome, and so furnishes its name from the shape of a horse’s stirrup. It is also thought that the shape echoes the Gothic vaulting ceiling arches within cathedrals so it is fitting that these rings were often worn by bishops, most often worn on the middle finger of the right hand, sometimes over a glove.

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