The closest comparable to the Hitchin ring is the primary finger ring of the West Yorkshire Hoard, discovered in Leeds, September 2008 and now held by the Leeds Museums and Galleries (Treasure case 2008-T553/ Portable antiquities scheme reference SWYOR-F86A02). The rings share tiered lozenge forms, filigree motifs and scrolled terminals to the bands. The Yorkshire hoard ring is of a larger size but mounted with a smaller uncut cabochon garnet.
The Hitchin ring is contemporaneous with the later stages of the Carolingian Renaissance, which paid homage to the artistic, cultural and political achievements of the Roman Empire. The admiration of Roman culture extended to Britain, where among other manifestations, Alfred the Great issued coins following Roman models. Conceived as a vehicle for displaying the Roman intaglio, the ring is a rare example, in goldwork, of the veneration of Roman culture in the ninth and tenth centuries.
A report by the Goldsmiths’ Company Assay office dated 24th July 2019 records the rings gold alloys, measured through X-Ray flourescence spectroscopy, as:
Bezel: 944 ppt gold, 35 ppt silver, 20 ppt copper and 2 ppt iron.
Band: 927 ppt gold, 47 ppt silver, 24 ppt copper and 2 ppt iron.