Lot 1681: Medieval Gold Ring with Dragons and Sapphire
December 8, 2016
London, United KingdomLive Auction
Description: 12th-13th century AD. A D-section gold hoop with shoulders formed as opposed dragon heads supporting an elliptical plaque with large inset sapphire. Cf. Oman, C.C. British Rings 800-1914 London, 1974, plate 14(E) for type. 14 grams, 27mm overall, 18.91mm internal diameter (approximate size British R 1/2, USA 8 3/4, Europe 19.38, Japan 18) (1"). From an important English collection; acquired in the 1990s. Accompanied by a positive X-Ray Fluorescence metal analysis certificate. The stone was examined in detail by Dr. Bonewitz who observed: 'A large cabochon sapphire of approximately six carats, probably originating in Myanmar (Burma"). Impressive for the period. Likely a nobleman's ring.'
Condition Report: Very fine condition. A large wearable size, regularly worn.