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Ring

  • Place of origin:

    Europe (made)

  • Date:

    1800-1913 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Demantoid garnet, set in gold

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Sir A. H. Church

  • Museum number:

    M.5-1913

  • Gallery location:

    Jewellery, Rooms 91, The William and Judith Bollinger Gallery, case 50, shelf I, box 93

The name garnet may derive from the Latin 'granatum', meaning pomegranate. The red flesh of the pomegranate is similar to the colour of many garnets, although green, orange and brownish garnets can also be found. This ring is set with a vivid green demantoid garnet.
The V&A owns an important collection of 154 gems bequeathed by the Reverend Chauncy Hare Townshend, a cleric and poet. Sir A. H. Church gave additional specimens, including this one, in 1913. He also compiled the first catalogue Precious Stones: A Guide to the Townshend Collection. The first edition appeared in 1883. The stones are mounted as rings, although they may not have been intended to be worn.

Physical description

Square with rounded corners, step-cut, mounted in a gold ring with coronet setting.

Place of Origin

Europe (made)

Date

1800-1913 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Demantoid garnet, set in gold

Dimensions

Height: 0.21 in, Width: 0.21 in

Object history note

The V&A owns an important collection of 154 gems bequeathed by the Reverend Chauncy Hare Townshend (1798-1868), cleric and poet. Additional specimens, including this one, were given in 1913 by Sir A H Church, who compiled the first catalogue Precious Stones: A Guide to the Townshend Collection, first edition, 1883. The stones are mounted as rings, although they may not necessarily have been intended to be worn.

Descriptive line

Demantoid garnet set in gold ring with coronet mount.

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

Clare Phillips, Jewels and Jewellery, V&A Publications 2000.

Materials

Garnet; Gold

Categories

Jewellery; Metalwork

Collection

Metalwork Collection

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