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'Giardinetto' (Flower) Ring

19th century

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)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Gold, silver, ruby (?), emerald (?), pearl, pyrite

Not On View


Europe, Jewelry



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.

Credit Line

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