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'Giardinetto' (Flower) Ring

French
19th century


Object Place: Europe, Italy

Dimensions

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

01.5990

Medium or Technique

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

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Collections

Europe, Jewelry

Classifications

Rings

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.

Markings

Marked twice, once with an eagle's head in profile.

Credit Line

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