Medieval Gold & Emerald Stirrup Ring
This is a wonderful medieval gold finger ring, dating to the 13th - 14th century A.D. This example is still set with the original dark green emerald gemstone, within a rubbed over the mount. The natural emerald is cut en-cabochon, with a tiny fissure inside the gem. It is securely set in the mount, though distorted to one side (but stable and secure).
This ring is of the type known as a 'Stirrup' ring, named by Victorian collectors during the 19th century (due to the shape resembling horses stirrups). Further research and study into this genre of ring, has concluded the 'stirrup' shape is likely a representation of Gothic arches, as found in the ornate windows of Cathedrals of the period. Such rings are often associated with the ecclesiastic community, found on sites belonging to the church such as Abbey's and Nunneries. This is a large example designed for a man to wear, thus likely once owned by an Abbot or Prior.
Today this ancient ring has survived the ages remarkably intact, a few light scuffs from its time in the group but perfectly wearable.
OBJECT: Finger Ring
DATE: c. 13th - 14th century A.D.
MATERIAL: Gold & Emerald
RING SIZE: 11 1/4 (US) W 1/4 (UK)
SIZE: 27.54mm x 22.44mm x 1.95mm
WEIGHT: 2.88 grams
PROVENANCE: Ex. Charles Van-de-Berg collection, Breda. The Netherlands.