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Ref TS5 Renaissance Rock Crystal Ring
An understated and elegant Renaissance high carat gold ring, circa 1650. The hoop supports a compartment set with a table-cut natural rock crystal [colourless quartz] in a box-bezel setting. During the Renaissance, magical powers were attributed to gemstones. According to E.A. Wallis Budge in
Amulets and Superstitions ,'
Rock crystal was believed to avert the Evil Eye and carried with it the protection of Heaven from whence it was thought to have come.' The ring is size P [US 7 and 1/2] and the head of the ring measures 1/3 of an inch by 1/3 of an inch. It is in original, extremely fine and wearable condition. For similar Renaissance rings, see Chadour's
Rings, The Alice and Louis Koch Collection.
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