BAROQUE RING WITH SKULL CARVED FROM A HUMAN TOOTH AND SNAKES SET WITH DIAMONDS AND RUBIES

Central Europe, 18th century
Gold, diamonds, rubies and human tooth
Weight 3.9 gr.; circumference 55.76 mm.; US size 7 ½; UK size P

Unusual ring whose bezel is a human tooth carved to form a skull with two rose-cut diamonds as eyes. The skull is held in place by two diamond- and ruby-studded snakes, set in silver and with engraved scales on the underside. The squared hoop is plain on the interior and has on the exterior a zig-zag frieze in relief. A ringed cuff accentuates the shoulders and forks to form a base for the snake heads. With memento mori (“remember death,” or “remember you will die”) jewelry of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, when images of skulls fi rst appeared on rings, death enjoyed a new vogue. With memento mori (“remember death,” or “remember you will die”) jewelry of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, when images of skulls fi rst appeared on rings, death enjoyed a new vogue.

Price$15,000 - $25,000
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LES ENLUMINURES AT CHRISTIE'S
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