Three Diamond Ring
As symbols of purity, constancy and virtue, diamond rings maintained close associations with marriage and betrothal. Here, three table-cut diamonds crown an elegant golden ring adorned with white and blue enamel.
Gold ring with D-shaped hoop widening towards the forked shoulder with engraving and traces of opaque white and pale blue enamel. The hoop ends each support a table-cut diamond in a box setting, positioned as a lozenge shape, with the same enameling. These frame a larger, table-cut diamond in a rectangular raised box setting with opaque pale blue enameled arches along the sides. The ring size appears to have been altered as a seam is visible along the lower part of hoop. Due to age and wear, the enamel is missing in parts. Otherwise, the ring is in good, wearable condition.
In seventeenth-century Europe, the diamond continued to be associated with marriage, often given from the bridegroom to his bride either prior to (as a betrothal) or during the ceremony (as a wedding ring.) Diamonds were revered for their extreme hardness and, most importantly, as a symbol of virtue and constancy, symbolic of the marriage union.
During this period, it became increasingly fashionable to wear more than just one diamond in such rings. This ring is one such example, where the central stone is flanked by diamonds on either side; however the diamonds could also be set in clusters of five, seven, or more smaller stones. For variations of this ring type, cf. Scarisbrick 1993, pp. 94-6; Scarisbrick/Henig 2003, pp. 64-5; Scarisbrick 2007, p. 315, figs. 441-2.