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  • Place of origin:

    Europe (east, made)

  • Date:

    1800-1850 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Silver-plated and gilded copper set with mother of pearl

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This ring was described as seventeenth-century Russian when it was acquired by the Museum, with a group of other Russian jewellery, in 1866. It is unlikely to be that old. The shape is based on a design used in the Baltic States in the seventeenth century, but the technique, of a base metal first silver-plated and then gilded so that it appears to be made of silver-gilt, is one that was often used in Eastern Europe in the nineteenth century for jewellery worn with traditional costume.

Physical description

Copper ring, silver plated and then gilded, consisting of a band decorated with applied gallery wire, and a square raised bezel fastened at an angle to the band so that it looks like a lozenge. The top of the bezel is decorated with five cylindrical mounts containing beads and pieces of mother-of-pearl, alternating with four small pyramids of granules. The vertical edges of the bezel are decorated with rings of applied wire.

Place of Origin

Europe (east, made)


1800-1850 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Silver-plated and gilded copper set with mother of pearl


Height: 3.2 cm, Width: 2.3 cm, Depth: 2.3 cm

Descriptive line

Silver-plated and gilded copper ring with a raised lozenge-shaped bezel set with mother of pearl, Eastern Europe, 1800-1850.


Plated; Mother of pearl; Copper




Jewellery; Metalwork


Metalwork Collection

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