RENAISSANCE MARRIAGE RING
Western Europe, c. 1600-1620
Height 26 mm., exterior width of hoop 22 mm., bezel 10 x 11 mm.
Weight 5.9 gr., US size 5.25, UK size K
This gold hoop with D-section widens towards shoulders that end in elaborate scrolls. These are surmounted on each side by cartouche-like ornaments in opaque white enamel, topped with leaves in translucent green. The underside of the square bezel forms a flat inverted pyramid with black enameled rays. Two triangular tabs link the hoop with the bezel. The latter has a double-stepped base with black and opaque green enamel and a thick table-cut rock crystal in a box setting.