RENAISSANCE ENAMELED RING SET WITH EMERALDS ANS RUBIES HELD BY STAGS
Western Europe (France?), c. 1550-1600
Weight 7.2 gr.; circumference 57.15 mm.; US size 8; UK size Q
Seen from the top, six table-cut rubies in box settings create a cross formation that surrounds the raised bezel composed of two addorsed stags cradling a cabochon emerald with their antlers. Entwined is blue strapwork and miniature apples in pale green. The shoulders are ornately enameled in opaque white, translucent green, dark blue, and black enamel. In the center of the D-shaped hoop is a small table-cut emerald.This truly remarkable Renaissance ring displays all the characteristics of opulent goldsmith work of the period.