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Ref AF4   Renaissance Diamond Ring

High carat gold ring, circa 1580 - 1600, the hoop terminating in chased shoulders supporting a quatrefoil bezel enamelled in white and set with a table-cut diamond. During the Renaissance, rings designs became more elaborate, combining the techniques of gem-cutter, engraver and enameller. The enamel employed on the petals and shoulders of rings played an important role and colours were chosen to harmonise with the gemstones. Magical and medicinal powers continued to be attributed to gemstones. The diamond, now used not only in the point-cut but also in the table-cut form, was adopted as an emblem by royalty and arisotcracy to epitomise the ideals of fortitude, endurance and valour with which they wished to be associated. This ring is size M [US 6] and the head of the ring measures 1/4 of an inch by 1/4 of an inch. There is a substantial amount of white enamel intact on the head of the ring and traces of black enamel remain on the scrolled shoulders. It is fine and wearable condition. For similar see Plate 155 in Scarisbrick's Historic Rings and further examples are in the British Museum jewellery collection.

reserved  £2200

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