Iberian Gold & Table-cut Ruby Heart-shaped Ring
This is a magnificent Iberian gold and ruby amatory ring, dating to the late 17th century. The ring consists of a cluster of table-cut rubies, that have been set within a heart-shaped bezel. The shoulders are set with a group of three rubies, giving a total of fifteen rubies (one or two may be later replacements). Such a ring would have been given as an amatory gift, possibly as a betrothal or wedding ring. It is an excellent example in good antique condition. A nice piece of wearable history from the age of Pirates and the Treasure Fleets!
OBJECT: Finger Ring
CULTURE: Iberian / Baroque
DATE: c. 17th - 18th century A.D.
MATERIAL: 18k Gold & Ruby
RING SIZE: 9 1/4 (US) S 1/4 (UK)
SIZE: 26mm x 22mm x 2mm (bezel 12mm x 10mm x 6mm)
WEIGHT: 3.9 grams
PROVENANCE: Ex. private collection, Sussex.