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Ref MBL5 Bague au Firmament
Fine quality 18th century celestial ring, circa 1780. The high carat gold shank supports a plaque of royal blue enamel set with a central rose-cut diamond in a galaxy of diamond stars, within a pearl surround. Such rings were known as
bagues au Firmament
[rings of the Heavens] as the celestial blue ground evoked the night sky and the diamonds sparkled like stars.
The ring is size L [US 5 and 1/2] and can be sized and the plaque measures just over one inch by 3/4 of an inch. Immaculate.
Details from a portrait of Marie Antionette wearing bagues au firmament
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