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  • Place of origin:

    Europe (Western, made)

  • Date:

    c. 1525-1575 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Gold; enamel; ruby

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

The outer cusping on this ring suggests the appearance of flower petals,which is enhanced by the use of white opaque enamels.Rubies were highly valued and often read as a symbol of love.
A fashion for ostentation by the wealthy was current throughout Europe from the first half of the sixteenth century. This contributed to the popularity of elaborate and richly-decorated rings. The availability in print of designs for jewellery ensured a relative uniformity of style, and it is unusual to be able to date or suggest a country of manufacture with any certainty.

Physical description

Ring, gold, enamelled, set with a ruby. The plain hoop with scrolled volutes on the shoulders, the quatrefoil bezel with double cusps and set with a ruby; the shoulders and bezel with traces of white opaque enamel.

Place of Origin

Europe (Western, made)


c. 1525-1575 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Gold; enamel; ruby


Height: 2.6 cm, Width: 2 cm, Depth: 1.1 cm

Object history note

ex Waterton Collection

Descriptive line

Ring, gold, enamelled, with a four-petal bezel with double cusps set with a ruby, with volutes on the shoulders, Western Europe, c. 1525-1575

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Oman, Charles, Catalogue of Rings in the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, 1930, no. 280, pl. XIII
Campbell, Marian, Medieval Jewellery in Europe 1100-1500, London, V&A Publishing, 2009


Gold; Enamel; Ruby



Subjects depicted



Jewellery; Metalwork


Metalwork Collection

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