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Ref  RF3   Georgian Planetary Ring

A rare gold and silver hoop, circa 1800, a circlet set with a harlequin array of gemstones and pastes in foiled, closed back settings. The stones symbolise the qualities of the different planets, reflecting the keen interest in astrology and planetary influences at the time, when certain gems were perceived to have positive astrological effects. The gems utilised include sapphire, pearl, coral, garnet and various coloured pastes. As Christopher Cavey, the eminent gemologist told me, it is not unusual to find Georgian pieces with a mixture of paste and gems, as the Georgian jeweller utilised whatever he had on his workbench to create a jewel. Here the pearls represents the Moon, the garnets the North Node, the coral Mars, the sapphires Saturn, the green paste Mercury and the orange paste the Sun. The ring is size O [US 7] and cannot be sized and the band is just over 1/8 inch in width. A fascinating Georgian planetary ring.

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