At the time of the migration period, precious metals and gemstones were used not only as jewellery for adorning the body, but also as an imposing decoration for weapons. In Scandinavia, golden spirals and hoops were commonly found around the hilt the handle of a sword. The design of the spirals is sometimes simple; it seems that they were spontaneously handed out after combat. This way, a king or ruler demonstrated his appreciation for an outstanding warrior.There are also true masterpieces for the hilt. The pommels have flat plates of garnet as décor, each inlaid in a different cell of gold. The honeycomb-shaped goldfoil at the bottom of each cell serves as a reflector for light. When the light is reflected back by the foil below, the garnet appears to be glowing, its colour being turned into an even deeper red. This technique of inlaying garnets in gold cells received the name of cloisonné, cloison being the French word for compartment.