Lot 1679: Massive Medieval Gold Inscribed Ring with Sapphire
December 8, 2016
London, United KingdomLive Auction
Description: 14th century AD. A gold ring with a tapering shank in the form of two dragons meeting at the feet, heads at the bezel, wings folded back along the body; dome-shaped bezel with flat edge inscribed with MARIA ADIVVA meaning 'Mary, Help!', with equal-armed cross between; top of the bezel set with a triangular polished sapphire. See Bonewitz, Dr. Ronald Louis, Gems, 2008, p.59-63. Accompanied by an Art Loss Register certificate. 9.89 grams, 26.17mm overall, 21.28mm internal diameter (approximate ring size British X 1/2, USA 11 3/4, Europe 26.92, Japan 26) (1"). From an important Twickenham, London, UK, collection; formed 1985-2007. Accompanied by a positive X-Ray Fluorescence metal analysis certificate. The stone was examined in detail by Dr. Bonewitz who observed: Magnificent sapphire. Top colour and clarity.
Condition Report: Extremely fine condition. A large wearable size.