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Ref  KB2  18th Century Giardinetti Diamond Ring

From the middle to late 18th century rings which had bezels composed of flowers and leaves set with gemstones were known as 'giardinetti' or 'little gardens'. They are characteristic of the light, delicate Rococo style then fashionable in Europe. The stones could be a mixture of coloured stones, or, as this case, one kind of gemstone. It was usual for diamonds to be set in silver at this date so that that the whiteness of the metal enhanced the diamonds. On this giardinetti ring, circa 1780, the gold ribbed shank supports rose-cut and table-cut diamonds which are in foiled and closed back settings. The ring is size O and 1/2 [US 7 and 1/4] and can be sized and the gem-set section measures 3/4 of an inch by 2/3 of an inch. Sparkingly immaculate condition.

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