'Giardinetto' (Flower) Ring
Object Place: Europe, Italy
Height x width (bezel): 9/16 x 9/16 in. (1.5 x 1.5 cm) Height x width (shank): 5/8 x 11/16 in. (1.6 x 1.7 cm)
Medium or Technique
Gold, silver, ruby (?), emerald (?), pearl, pyrite
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Giardinetti ring. The leaves and mounts for the gems are silver, while the underside of the openwork bezel is gilded. In lieu of diamonds, there are several pyrits set in the leaves. Other “gems” include a circular, table-cut ruby (or garnet/glass), an emerald (or glass) and small freshwater pearls. The shoulders are tripartite gold wires and the shank consists of double wires that are separated except for three gold plaques that add support.
Marked twice, once with an eagle's head in profile.
Gift of Mrs. Alice L. Boardman, The William D. Boardman Collection