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Image of Gallery in South Kensington
On display at V&A South Kensington
Jewellery, Rooms 91, The William and Judith Bollinger Gallery

Ring

ca. 1810-1820 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

This ring is set with a fashionable combination of diamonds, tiny emeralds, pearls and half pearls. Pearls symbolised purity but were also appreciated for their shine and aesthetic qualities.

The development of cultured pearls in Japan by Kokichi Mikimoto in the early twentieth century made pearls suddenly accessible but before that date, the largest and most lustrous pearls were valued as highly as gemstones. Smaller pearls were more readily available, traded from Ceylon and India and, from the 1820s, from the Arabian Gulf.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Gold with brilliant-cut diamond, half pearls and emeralds
Brief Description
Gold ring set with a brilliant-cut diamond, emeralds, pearls and half pearls. England, about 1810-20.
Physical Description
Gold ring with a quatrefoil bezel set with a brilliant-cut diamond and half pearls. The forked shoulders set with emeralds and half pearls.
Dimensions
  • Height: 2.3cm
  • Width: 2.2cm
  • Depth: 1.2cm
Credit line
Given by Dame Joan Evans
Subject depicted
Summary
This ring is set with a fashionable combination of diamonds, tiny emeralds, pearls and half pearls. Pearls symbolised purity but were also appreciated for their shine and aesthetic qualities.



The development of cultured pearls in Japan by Kokichi Mikimoto in the early twentieth century made pearls suddenly accessible but before that date, the largest and most lustrous pearls were valued as highly as gemstones. Smaller pearls were more readily available, traded from Ceylon and India and, from the 1820s, from the Arabian Gulf.
Collection
Accession Number
M.217-1962

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record createdNovember 7, 2005
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