The ring-shaped idols are considered as one of the most recognisable artefacts from the Chalcolithic period. They appeared to be a signature class of jewellery. The idols were manufactured in various shapes and sizes in gold, silver, clay, bone, stone and etc. The distribution of the Chalcolithic ring-idols forms an arch spread across a wide geographical and cultural area. While ring-shaped idols disappeared at the end of the 4th millennium BC in Southeastern Europe, they survive in Anatolia and the Aegean world until the second half of the 3rd millennium B.C.
The development of the ring-shaped idols in the Aegean and Anatolia is well attested by the finds from the later excavations, researches and the private collections. The most recent finds, dated in the Early Bronze Age allows us to consider the metal ring-shaped idols as items with supra-regional meaning. The importance of the 3rd millennium B.C. finds provides a new opportunity to study the traditions, the cultural interactions and the innovations in the ring-shaped idols production. These finds allows us also to compare the rings and to examine them as decorative objects, illustrating their functional use and meaning.