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)
The ’Sture ring’ is said to be the betrothal ring of Sten Sture the younger, that led the Swedish army in the war with the Danes, and Kristina Gyllenstierna. They married in 1511The ring is made from gold, with enamel and several different gemstones. Inside the ring, which can be divided, there is a miniature gold skeleton – a symbol of death. creepy, but interesting~
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.
Card Game Ring | The enamel has four playing cards. A diamond is set between each card, and there is a bezel-cut diamond in the center. This ring is reminiscent of the time and money 18th century men and women spent gambling on card games.
This carnival mask ring shows all the key elements of its 18th century origin. The wear to the enamel on the locket, with the diamond eyes and ruby shoulders, had a much clearer depiction when it was new. The piece comes from the Rosebery collection