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Finger-ring; gold; the hoop fashioned into scrolls and pierced at the shoulders; the bezel has in the centre a diamond and a ruby, below which is a diamond and above a crown set with a ruby between two diamonds; to right and left two settings, each with a diamond. Two marks inside hoop.
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Diameter: 0.84 inches
Weight: 77 grains
- Curator's comments
- Text from Ward, Cherry et al, 'The Ring from Antiquity to the Twentieth Century,' London 1981, pl. 240. (with AF 2076).
In spite of the name given to these giardinetti rings, the design is not always floral. They have in common the use of small gemstones and an openwork bezel, following the tradition established by the cruciform English and Spanish rings of the early seventeenth century (Pl. 220). As the name giardinetti suggests, many of thses rings are of Italian origin, but they were popular throughout western Europe and were produced in Spain and Portugal well into the twentieth century. Their function was originally as a guard-ring to keep the plain gold wedding-ring in place.
- Not on display
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- Britain, Europe and Prehistory
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