A rather splendid example of a giardinetti ring, circa 1780. Giardinetti is Italian for “little gardens”. These floral themed jewels reflected the 18th century taste for the delicate and elegant Rococo style, a departure from the heavier and more ostentatious styles of earlier years. Giardinetti rings were designed to compliment the floral fabrics in vogue at the time. This giardinetti is set with a ruby, an emerald and large rose-cut diamonds. The ring is size K [US 5 and 1/8] and can be sized and the head of the ring measures 3/4 of an inch by 1/2 an inch. Utterly gorgeous thing.
18th century designs for giardinetti rings