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A type of finger ring made as a hoop of wire. The earliest rings of precious metals were so made of gold in the third millenium BC. In England Saxon rings of the 9th/11th centuries were made of gold wire, some having the wire twisted, other plaited, in each case flattened at the back of the hoop.
From: An Illustrated Dictionary of Jewelry, autor: Harold Newman, publishers: Thames and Hudson