BAROQUE ENAMELED RING SET WITH RUBIES AND AN EMERALD
Western Europe (Spain or Italy?), c. 1650
Gold, enamel, rubies and emerald
Weight 8 gr.; bezel 16.5 x 15.6 mm.; circumference 57.65 mm.; US size 8 ¼; UK size Q ½
The bezel, riveted to an openwork base in white, pink, and pale blue enamel, displays a box-set, table-cut emerald surrounded by four rubies in the same cut and setting. Along the base is a decorative gold arcade in relief. The forked capital-like hoop ends have acanthus foliage in the same palette used for the base. The D-section hoop terminates in ornamental acanthus against black enamel at the shoulders. The thick layer of the enamel, still in excellent condition, and characteristic pastel colors refl ect the French style which was in vogue at the time, although similar rings also originated in Spain. The probable date of the ring is mid-seventeenth century.