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Ring

  • Place of origin:

    Europe (possibly, made)
    USA (possibly, made)

  • Date:

    1850-1900 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Gold with turquoise scarab and brilliant-cut diamonds

  • Credit Line:

    Given by the American Friends of the V&A through the generosity of Patricia V. Goldstein

  • Museum number:

    M.155-2007

  • Gallery location:

    Jewellery, Rooms 91, The William and Judith Bollinger Gallery, case 23, shelf C, box 13

This ring shows the fashion for jewellery inspired by contemporary archaeological discoveries during the nineteenth century, and a fascination with the art and mythology of Ancient Egypt.

Rings set with stone scarab beetles were first worn by the ancient Egyptians for whom the beetle represented the god of the morning sun, resurrection and immortality.

Physical description

Carved turquoise scarab with diamond surround, set on a twisted band of textured gold

Place of Origin

Europe (possibly, made)
USA (possibly, made)

Date

1850-1900 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Gold with turquoise scarab and brilliant-cut diamonds

Dimensions

Width: 2 cm, Depth: 2.4 cm, Height: 1.9 cm

Descriptive line

Gold ring set with a turquoise scarab surrounded by brilliant-cut diamonds. Western Europe or USA, 1850-1900

Materials

Gold; Turquoise; Diamond

Techniques

Stone cutting; Stone setting

Subjects depicted

Scarab

Categories

Jewellery; Metalwork

Collection

Metalwork Collection

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