Post Medieval Renaissance Gold Ring with Sapphire
Antiquities - Post Medieval
GBP (£) 1,800 - 2,400
EUR (€) 2,070 - 2,770
USD ($) 2,240 - 2,980
16th century AD
A D-section gold hoop with scrolled tendrils to the shoulders, scooped rectangular-section bezel with D-shaped ornamented panels, inset facetted corn-blue sapphire. 4.08 grams, 26mm overall, 18.78mm internal diameter (approximate size British R, USA 8 3/4, Europe 19.0, Japan 18) (1"). Very fine condition. A large wearable size.
Property of a Sussex gentleman; acquired before 1990. Accompanied by a positive X-Ray Fluorescence metal analysis certificate.
See Bonewitz, Dr. Ronald Louis, Gems, 2013, p.59-63; Oman, C.C. British Rings 800-1914, London, 1974, plate 26(A).
The stone was examined in detail by Dr. Bonewitz who observed: 'The cutting of the stone is of an early post-medieval date, and comes from a time before the directional cutting hardness of sapphire was recognised.'
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