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  • Place of origin:

    Skåne (made)
    Herrestad (worn)

  • Date:

    1800-1840 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Stamped sheet silver set with a faceted red paste

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Although traditional jewellery was worn throughout Sweden, and has a distinct Swedish character, there are marked differences between the different provinces. Skåne province, in the extreme south of Sweden, has the richest tradition, and more jewellery was worn there than in any other district. Almost all the Swedish traditional jewellery at the V&A comes from Skåne.

Swedish rings were usually made from a band of thin sheet silver. In Skåne, this band was often stamped with geometric or floral patterns, and was sometimes also decorated with coloured glass or pendants. The red glass stone on this ring is typical of Swedish traditional jewellery of all kinds in the 19th century. These rings were often given at marriage, but were part of the dowry wealth, not true wedding rings. The bride and groom did not exchange rings in Sweden until the late 19th century.

Physical description

Ring made from thin gilded sheet silver, widening at the front to form an oval bezel, with an overall stamped pattern. It is set with a facetted red paste in the centre of the bezel.

Place of Origin

Skåne (made)
Herrestad (worn)


1800-1840 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Stamped sheet silver set with a faceted red paste


height: 29 mm, width: 21 mm, depth: 23 mm

Descriptive line

Stamped silver band ring set with a red paste, Skåne (Sweden), 1800-1840.


Silver; Paste


Jewellery; Metalwork; Traditional jewellery (Europe)


Metalwork Collection

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