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Ring

  • Place of origin:

    Italy (made)

  • Date:

    1734-1766 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Gold set with rose-cut diamonds in silver collets

  • Museum number:

    8544-1863

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Flowers were a fashionable theme in jewellery from about 1750 to 1800. Intricate and colourful rings were known as giardinetti ('little garden') or in England, as 'flowerpot'. They had tiny blossoms set with an assortment of precious stones, asymmetrically arranged in a basket, vase or pot. They are characteristic of the light, delicate and sometimes asymmetric rococo style which was fashionable in Europe. The stones could be a mixture of coloured stones to simulate the shades of the flowers or just one stone. It was usual for diamonds to be set in silver at this date so that that the whiteness of the metal enhanced the diamond. The London jeweller George Wickes sold flowerpot rings in 1736 and in 1778, Harrache was recorded as selling ‘a fancy flower basket ring with diamonds, rubies and sapphires’.

Physical description

Gold giardinetti ring with an openwork bezel in the form of a bunch of flowers, set with rose-cut diamonds in silver collets

Place of Origin

Italy (made)

Date

1734-1766 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Gold set with rose-cut diamonds in silver collets

Dimensions

Height: 1.9 cm, Width: 1.9 cm, Depth: 1 cm

Descriptive line

Gold giardinetti ring with an openwork bezel in the form of a bunch of flowers, set with rose-cut diamonds in silver collets, 1734-1766

Materials

Gold; Diamond; Silver

Subjects depicted

Flowers

Categories

Jewellery; Metalwork

Collection

Metalwork Collection

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