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Betrothal ring

Western European
18th century


Height x width (bezel): 1/2 x 7/16 in. (1.3 x 1.1 cm) Height x width (shank): 5/8 x 11/16 in. (1.6 x 1.8 cm)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Silver, diamond and possible ruby or spinel

Not On View


Europe, Jewelry



Betrothal ring with gem-set bezel. The central bezel-set red stone (possibly ruby or spinel) is surrounded by rose-cut diamonds. The red stone has surface damage. Each shoulder has four bezel-set rose-cuts. The gallery is raised and pierced and the back of the red stone is open. The shank has engraved decoration.

Credit Line

Bequest of Miss Ellen Starkey Bates