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Ring

  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    dated 1706 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Enamelled gold set with rose-cut diamonds in silver collets

  • Museum number:

    302-1867

  • Gallery location:

    Jewellery, Rooms 91, The William and Judith Bollinger Gallery, case 12, shelf A, box 3

Rings have been used as love gifts and to symbolise marriage since Roman times. Marriage rings in early modern Europe could be made in a variety of materials and forms but the simple gold band was very commonly used. This ring is set with a large rose-cut diamond heart under a diamond crown, clasped between two enamelled hands. The inscription 'Dudley and Katherine united 26 March 1706' identifies it as a wedding ring.

It was probably made for Dudley North who married Katherine Yale at St Peter-le-Poer, London, on the 26th March 1706. They had at least three children: Dudley (baptised 8 July, 1707), Ann (baptised 21 October 1708) and Katherine (baptised 17 August, 1712).

Physical description

Enamelled gold fede ring, set with rose-cut diamonds in silver collets, with a crowned heart held by two hands inscribed 'Dudley & Katherine united 26.Mar. 1706'

Place of Origin

England (made)

Date

dated 1706 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Enamelled gold set with rose-cut diamonds in silver collets

Marks and inscriptions

inscribed 'Dudley & Katherine united 26.Mar. 1706'

Dimensions

Height: 2.2 cm, Width: 2 cm, Depth: 1.3 cm

Descriptive line

Enamelled gold fede ring, set with rose-cut diamonds in silver collets, with a crowned heart held by two hands inscribed 'Dudley & Katherine united 26.Mar. 1706', England, dated 1706.

Materials

Gold; Diamond; Silver

Subjects depicted

Marriage; Heart; Love; Crowns (headdresses); Hands

Categories

Jewellery; Metalwork; Marriage; Europeana Fashion Project

Collection

Metalwork Collection

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