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Cluster Ring

Western European
18th century

Object Place: Europe, Italy


Height x width (shank): 11/16 x 13/16 in. (1.7 x 2 cm) Diameter: 1/2 in. (1.3 cm)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Gold, silver, glass

Not On View


Europe, Jewelry



Cluster ring with clear glass “gems”. The center “gem” has a silver bezel mount with non-functional prongs. The same is true for the eight smaller surrounding “gems”. The glass is cut to imitate rose-cut diamonds. The smooth underside of the bezel is gold and there is a rivet in the center to secure the center “gem”. The gold shoulders have an openwork foliate design that continues along the shank. There is evidence of a repair or resizing in the middle of the shank.

Credit Line

Gift of Mrs. Alice L. Boardman, The William D. Boardman Collection