This is an extremely rare Renaissance gold and diamond finger ring, dating to the late 15th to the early 16th century. The ring is set with its original point-cut diamond in a quatrefoil mount, the sides of which are decorated with an olive-sprig design. The shoulders are shaped like fleurs, possibly relating to France, Florence or the Virgin Mary. This ring is a perfect example of an early diamond ring (also known as a writing ring due to the ability to write on the glass with the point of the diamond). It is in excellent and wearable condition, of the type used as a fashionable engagement/betrothal ring of the period!
OBJECT: Finger Ring
CULTURE: Renaissance (Tudor)
DATE: c. 1500 - 1550 A.D.
MATERIAL: Gold & Diamond
RING SIZE: 7 3/4 (US) P 1/2 (UK)
SIZE: 26mm x 1mm x (bezel 6mm x 6.3mm x 6.6mm)
WEIGHT: 3.7 grams
PROVENANCE: Formerly in a private collection, Kent. UK.
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