RENAISSANCE GEMSTONE RING. Western Europe, 16th century, gold, tourmaline, bezel 13 x 10 x 5 mm, Octagonal box bezel set with a fine step-cut tourmaline; double crescents on the sides, the joints in the shape of claws to hold the stone; rear of the bezel engraved with rays once filled with white enamel (traces remain). carved in high relief with volutes. Traces of enamel.The tourmaline was thought to heal physical and mental disorders and prevent death.
Onyx cameo double portrait busts of a man and a woman side, facing in profile towards the right, The oval gold frame is enclosed within a green, white and black border of ivy leaves and the back is enameled with the arms of the husband impaling those of the wife, with the date 1314 below. Hanging pearl. Formerly Esmerian collection. Cameo: German, c.1640, setting 17th century.