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Ring

  • Place of origin:

    Austria (made)
    Germany (South Germany and Upper Austria, worn)

  • Date:

    1800-1850 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Silver gilt set with garnet and turquoise coloured pastes

  • Museum number:

    29-1894

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This ring was described as German, from the late fifteenth century, when it was acquired by the Museum in 1894. Although the design is old, this ring is more likely to date from the late eighteenth or early nineteenth century, when rings like this, with facetted garnets mixed with hatched beads and with foliage on the shoulders, were worn by the conservative rural population of the southern German region as part of their traditional costume. Garnets and turquoises are very common in the region - in local tradition, red stands for love, and green for hope - but the two turquoise stones may have been replaced.

Physical description

Silver-gilt ring with grooved flat band and split shoulders. The bezel is set with four stones: two facetted red stones with a triangular face, alternating with two turquoise-coloured cabochons, in plain closed mounts. There is a silver granule in the centre, formerly chequered, and one at one side. Another may be missing. There are stylised flowers over the space on the shoulders. The shank has been cut to alter the size of the ring.

Place of Origin

Austria (made)
Germany (South Germany and Upper Austria, worn)

Date

1800-1850 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Silver gilt set with garnet and turquoise coloured pastes

Dimensions

Height: 2.5 cm, Width: 2.3 cm, Depth: 1.4 cm

Descriptive line

Silver-gilt ring, set with turquoise and garnet coloured pastes, Upper Austria, 1800-1850.

Materials

Silver-gilt; Paste

Categories

Jewellery; Metalwork

Collection

Metalwork Collection

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