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Medieval Massive Gold Ring with Sapphire

Antiquities - Medieval


LOT 0455

Estimate
GBP (£) 8,000 - 10,000
EUR (€) 9,220 - 11,520
USD ($) 9,950 - 12,440

Opening Bid: £7,200 (EUR 8,298; USD 8,953)
MEDIEVAL MASSIVE GOLD RING WITH SAPPHIRE
14th-15th century AD

A substantial D-section gold hoop with elliptical bezel, claw setting for a corn-blue sapphire bead with median hole. 20 grams, 32mm overall, 20.55mm internal diameter (approximate size British V 1/2, USA 10 3/4, Europe 24.40, Japan 23) (1 1/4"). Extremely fine condition, slight abrasion to the sapphire. A very large wearable size.

Provenance
Property of a Sussex lady; acquired before 1990. Accompanied by a positive X-Ray Fluorescence metal analysis certificate.

Published
Accompanied by an Art Loss Register certificate.

Literature
See Bonewitz, Dr. Ronald Louis, Gems, 2008, p.59-63.

Footnotes
The stone was examined in detail by Dr. Bonewitz who observed:'The stone weighs between five and six carats. It is a highly unusual stone in that it was originally drilled through for a bead. Sapphire is the next hardest natural substance to diamond, and is immensely difficult to drill. The skill of the lapidary at this time is astonishing.'

Date
Monday 27th February 2017 :
Antiquities & Coins

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