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Image of Gallery in South Kensington
On display at V&A South Kensington
Jewellery, Rooms 91, The William and Judith Bollinger Gallery

Ring

ca. 1760 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

In the middle of the eighteenth century rings which have bezels composed of flowers set with gemstones are known as 'giardinetti' or 'little gardens'. They are characteristic of the light, delicate and sometimes asymmetric rococo style which was fashionable in Europe. The stones could be a mixture of coloured stones, or, as this case, just one kind of stone. It was usual for diamonds to be set in silver at this date so that that the whiteness of the metal enhanced the diamond.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Gold mounted with diamonds set in silver
Brief Description
Gold ring with bezel in the form of flowers set with diamonds. Western Europe, about 1760.
Physical Description
Gold ring mounted with facetted diamonds set in silver
Dimensions
  • Diameter: 2cm
  • Height: 0.9cm
Credit line
Given by the American Friends of the V&A through the generosity of Patricia V. Goldstein
Subject depicted
Summary
In the middle of the eighteenth century rings which have bezels composed of flowers set with gemstones are known as 'giardinetti' or 'little gardens'. They are characteristic of the light, delicate and sometimes asymmetric rococo style which was fashionable in Europe. The stones could be a mixture of coloured stones, or, as this case, just one kind of stone. It was usual for diamonds to be set in silver at this date so that that the whiteness of the metal enhanced the diamond.
Other Numbers
  • LOAN:AMERICANFRIENDS.82-2003 - Previous loan number
  • 38 - Goldstein Collection number
Collection
Accession Number
M.100-2007

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record createdMarch 5, 2008
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