This is one of the prettiest giardinetti [little garden] rings I’ve had. It is circa 1760 and typical of the mid-18th century taste for the light, elegant and graceful rather than the opulently splendid. This giardinetti takes the form of a bouquet comprised of various gems enclosed in a vase. The gold ribbed shank with floral motifs to the shoulders supports a silver bezel set with garnet, rubies, emeralds and bright rose-cut diamonds in foiled, closed back settings. The ring is size K [US 5 and 1/8] and the gem-set head measures 3/4 of an inch by 2/3 of an inch. Substantial, original and immaculate. For similar examples see the Koch Collection.
Designs for giardinetti rings by Christian Taute, 1750
A similar giardinetti in the Koch Collection