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Ref  GM2   Bague au Firmament

A bague au firmament ring, circa 1790. The high carat gold shank supports a plaque of vibrant foiled cobalt blue glass set with rose-cut diamonds, within a surround of rose-cut diamonds, all diamonds set silver.  Such rings, made popular by Marie Antoinette, 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 O [US 7] and the head of the ring measures 1 and 1/4 inches by 2/3 of an inch. Substantial, fine quality, immaculate.

£5000


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

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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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