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Ref  PD2   Bague au Firmament

A bague au firmament of a very neat and wearable size, circa 1820. The gold trifurcated shank supports a plaque of vibrant cobalt blue glass set with rose-cut diamonds, within a rose-cut diamond surround.  Such rings, made popular by Marie Antionette, were known as bagues au Firmament [rings of the Heavens], as the celestial blue ground evoked the night sky and the diamonds twinkled like stars. The ring is size N [US 6 and 1/2] and can be sized and the head of the ring measures 1 and 1/4 inches by 1/2 an inch. Immaculate.

£2500

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Engraving of bagues au firmament
Cabinet des Modes ou les Modes Nouvelles, 15 Juillet 1786, pl. III, A.B. Duhamel

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Details from a portrait of Marie Antoinette wearing baques au firmament.

 

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