Lot 2: Renaissance Gemstone Ring
November 30, 2016
Boston, MA, USALive Auction
Description: This cusped or scalloped setting is typical for later medieval gemstone rings, and shows the intermediary stage between the claw setting and the box bezel. Such rings often appear in fifteenth- and sixteenth-century portraits. These and other portraits provide a means of circumscribing the popularity of cusped rings, which coincide in date with the box bezel type that eventually replaced them. The red glass stone would have been chosen as a more affordable alternative to rubies, the stone of love.
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Provenance: Property of a private collector, United Kingdom, before 1990.
Dimensions: Bezel 9 x 8 x 5 mm.; circumference 54 mm.; US size 7; UK size O
Medium: Gold, red glass