This is a rare Renaissance gold finger ring, dating to the 16th - 17th centuries. The ring is set with a dark green hardstone cameo within a raised bezel, decorated with a table cut diamond and enamel. The cameo is very ancient, in my opinion, Roman and cut in the form of a Gorgoneion head. Such gems were highly sought by aristocratic collectors and royalty during the Renaissance, to be set into jewels such as this. The closed-back setting has been opened at some stage (perhaps to examine the emerald or reset the gem) then the bezel has been resoldered. Despite the condition, this is still a very rare ring for a serious collector.
OBJECT: Cameo Ring
DATE: c. 16th - 17th century A.D.
MATERIAL: Gold, emerald, diamond, and enamel
RING SIZE: 8 (US) Q (UK)
SIZE: 26.33mm x 21.01mm x 2.23mm (bezel 18.49mm x 14.99mm x 7.41mm /// cameo 10.78mm x 8.70mm)
WEIGHT: 5.33 grams
PROVENANCE: Formerly in a private collection, Exeter.
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