The Aigina treasure includes five gold rings. Four of them, inlaid with lapis lazuli, are among the most technically skilful elements in the Aigina treasure. Lapis lazuli is a rare and precious stone and came to Crete via a long trade route from Afghanistan. One ring, shaped like a figure-of-eight shield, is particularly interesting; such large body shields are commonly represented in Minoan and Mycenaean art. They are sometimes shown in use by hunters or warriors or, as here, simply used as a decorative motif. Occasionally the shield is associated with a figure identified as a warrior goddess, and this may have given the image particular potency. A second ring takes the form of a reef knot; a third has fluted lapis lazuli. On the fourth ring, small pieces of lapis are inlaid into a meander pattern. The fifth ring, in plain gold, is decorated with incised hatching and is rather flimsy.