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Ring

  • Place of origin:

    italy (made)

  • Date:

    1840-1860 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Gold set with diamonds and a ruby in silver mounts

  • Museum number:

    461-1868

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

The cut-down settings on this ring and the old-fashioned cut of the stones both suggest an 18th-century date. But it was actually made in the mid-19th century. Italian traditional rings, like many other kinds of traditional jewellery, commonly used 18th-century designs and techniques long after they had gone out of fashion among the urban classes.

It was bought as part of the Castellani collection of Italian Peasant Jewellery at the International Exhibition, Paris, 1867.

Physical description

Gold ring with a flat decorative shank ending in split shoulders. The bezel is silver with a central red stone surrounded by eight diamonds in cut-down settings. The back of the bezel is gilded. There are small silver sprigs over the space on the shoulders.

Place of Origin

italy (made)

Date

1840-1860 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Gold set with diamonds and a ruby in silver mounts

Dimensions

Diameter: 2.1 cm, Height: 1.4 cm

Descriptive line

Gold ring set with a ruby surrounded by diamonds in silver collets, Italy, 1840-1860.

Materials

Gold; Silver; Silver-gilt; Diamond; Ruby

Categories

Jewellery; Metalwork

Collection

Metalwork Collection

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