Lot 1680: Medieval Massive Gold Ring with Sapphire
December 8, 2016
London, United KingdomLive Auction
Description: 14th-15th century AD. A substantial D-section gold hoop with elliptical bezel, claw setting for a corn-blue sapphire bead with median hole. See Bonewitz, Dr. Ronald Louis, Gems, 2008, p.59-63. Accompanied by an Art Loss Register certificate. 20 grams, 32mm overall, 20.55mm internal diameter (approximate size British V 1/2, USA 10 3/4, Europe 24.40, Japan 23) (1 1/4"). Property of a Sussex lady; acquired before 1990. Accompanied by a positive X-Ray Fluorescence metal analysis certificate. The stone was examined in detail by Dr. Bonewitz who observed:'The stone weighs between five and six carats. It is a highly unusual stone in that it was originally drilled through for a bead. Sapphire is the next hardest natural substance to diamond, and is immensely difficult to drill. The skill of the lapidary at this time is astonishing.'
Condition Report: Extremely fine condition, slight abrasion to the sapphire. A very large wearable size.