what i love about searching through the art & antiques site 1stdibs is that every now and then you come across an item that leaves you totally flabbergasted. sometimes i look for inspiration and sometimes i look for fun, and today my moment of astonishment happened with this drop dead gorgeous medieval stirrup ring. made purely of gold and sapphire, this gothic ring dates all the way back to the 13th or 14th century(!) when it was likely worn by bishops alone. the unusual shape, the rustic engravings, and the peculiar setting of the stone completely intrigue me. it's uh, not exactly in the range for purchase, if you check the price, but even after all this time it serves as wonderful inspiration and a great bit of history. check it out here.