Theodora Double Ring


Meet Theodora - a double ring fit for an empress! This dazzling ring is based on a 6th century AD Byzantine example. Here, two rectangular precious stones sitting inside of beaded bezels surround a circular stone centerpiece, which is supported by golden spheres. Meant to hug two fingers at a time, our ring is available in sizes 4 and 5 to 11 and 12. We are offering the faceted stones garnet, amethyst and crystal, though any of these stones may be substituted by specifying your stone choices in the Special Instructions area of this page.

Empress Theodora (l. AD 490-548) was the wife of Justinian I, who became emperor of the Eastern Roman Empire in AD 527. Little is certain about her early life, though she was likely from Constantinople and worked as an actress. Justinian fell in love with Theodora, but it was against the law for a man of senatorial rank to marry someone involved in a "lowly" profession. Once the law was changed, the two married. Once Justinian rose to the throne, Theodora was crowned Augusta, and the two ruled together as partners. She had great influence over her husband, becoming his closest advisor, participating in state councils, and helping him make political as well as religious decisions. Indeed, she became quite a powerful public figure of her own.

"Justinian conceived for her an over­powering love ... Theodora accordingly succeeded at once in acquiring extraordinary influence and a fairly large fortune." -Procopius, Anec., IX.30-31

Ring Details

Rectangular Stone Size: 8 x 10 mm (.3 x .4 in)

Round Stone Diameter: 8 mm (.3 in)

Diameter of Shank: 2 mm (.08 in)

Available Precious Metals and Prices

925 Sterling Silver: $225

18 Karat Gold Over Sterling Silver: $385

14 Karat Gold: $1,215

18 Karat Gold: $2,345

Gold and Silver Type