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Probably Italian
late 16th–early 17th century

Object Place: Europe, Italy


Height x width (bezel): 0.8 x 1 cm (5/16 x 3/8 in.) Height x width (shank): 1.8 x 2 cm (11/16 x 13/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Gold, silver, amethyst, diamond, enamel

Not On View


Europe, Jewelry



Ring with a central, table-cut amethyst. The amethyst is bezel-set with four tabs. Each shoulder has a silver unit set with three small table-cut diamonds on high bezel mounts. The units are soldered to the shank. Carved gold decoration, in the form of a shell, is also soldered to part of the shank, creating an openwork effect in profile. The underside of the central amethyst is closed and enameled blue with white highlights. There is additional enamel on the shoulders and decorative shank.


By 1910, Denman Waldo Ross; 1917, gift of Denman Waldo Ross to the MFA.

Credit Line

Denman Waldo Ross Collection