Finger-ring locket, gold, 17th century. shoulders with scrolls reserved on ground of black enamel; oval bezel opening as locket, containing enamelled portrait of Charles I with blue ground; lid has table diamond in square setting on ground with scrolls on black enamel; edges and back of bezel are also enamelled in black. (British Museum, AF.1439)
Quatrefoil Point Cut Ring, c. 1550 A.D., diamond, enamel, gold, This ring introduces the table cut diamond, obtained by slicing across the top of the point cut, and the first step in the long process of mastering the techniques of diamond cutting. Since table cuts were still rare point cuts have been used for the bezel. The prestige of a diamond ring stood so high that it was not only used by the rich at weddings, but kings and queens adopted it as an emblem.
Gold gimmel ring, enamelled in various colours , the raised double box bezel containing a table cut diamond and red enamel simulating a ruby, opening to reveal two cavities beneath, filled respectively with a newborn baby and a skeleton, The inner sides of the twin interlocking hoops which are inscribed in Latin NON SEPARET HOMO /QUOD DEUS CONIUNXIT.( Man must not divide those whom God has joined together) terminate in winged shoulders and hands gripping red hearts...16th/early 17th century
Gold jewel set with two onyx cameo busts of Louis XIII (1601-1643) and Anne of Austria (1601-1666) facing towards each other within a frame of acanthus leaves, interspersed with table-cut diamonds and surmounted by a Royal crown, similarly-set. French, 2nd half of the 17th century.
Antique georgian 18k gold enamel memorial ring skull
Antique Georgian 18 carat gold and enamel Memorial, hair and skull ring. Made circa 1820. Shank of the ring in the form of overlapping branches that divide into 3 at each shoulder, where they join the oval, flower-shaped bezel. Top has an oval reserve in which a skull rests on a bed of the beloved's tightly woven hair. The border is enamelled in black with gold letters: IN MEMORY OF.