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Viking Rings

ABOUT VIKING RINGS

Finds of Viking rings and Norse Rings tell us that they were used as a wearable currency that an accessory or an oath ring. Vikings traded for goods and services in silver. They could cut a piece of their silver bracelet or ring to pay for products or services. Lots of examples of hack silver have been found in Gotland, dating after 1000. It proves the fact that there was a lack of constant exchange.

Vikings were engaged not only in weapons crafting and farming (cattle breeding and agriculture), but also in manufacturing of various jewelry and decorations. They  had a rich artistic and spiritual life.

Gold and silver rings – neck rings, arm rings, and finger rings not only served as a sign of their status and wealth. Moreover, according to archaeological discoveries, the Viking jewelry played a crucial part in three social dimensions: in gender roles, in social status, in the religious-magical realm of the Viking society.

Viking jewelry, including bracelets, necklaces, and rings was designed from various materials, ranging from gold to the simple animal bones. Not only women, but also men loved to wear jewelry. Jewelry they wore was a sign of their status. The rich Vikings worn jewelry made of gold or silver. The poor ones also loved jewelry, but made them from pewter, bronze, or even the bones of the animals they ate for dinner. Vikings picked up the style jewelry from the countries they visited and changed them to their own style. The twisted shapes of snakes was the most frequent and well-known ornament used on their jewelry. There were the other ornaments, but all of them features pictures of animals.

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