SAPPHIRE RING WITH PORTRAIT OF GABRIEL BETHLEN, PRINCE OF TRANSYLVANIA
Gold, sapphire, ruby and emerald
Weight 4.1 gr., US size 7.75, UK size P ½
This slender gold ring has a hoop with D-section that widens towards the shoulders and trumpetshaped ends. These support two three-sided cusped settings, one with a pointed ruby and the other adapted to fit a small, natural emerald crystal. A drop-shape sapphire intaglio in a closed collet setting forms the bezel (collet partially repaired). Cut into the convex surface is a male head with turban facing right and an inscription along the edge that reads, “GAB BETH 1619.” Portraits depict likenesses, but they also offer a vivid sense of a real person’s presence.