Medieval Ruby Tart Mold Ring
Medieval tart mold ring, 13th to 14th century, the high carat gold shank enclosing the original cabochon ruby in a tart mold setting. The ruby set in this gold ring marks it as a jewel belonging to a person of wealth and social standing. Gemstones were highly valued in the medieval world; sapphires, rubies, garnets, amethysts and rock crystal being the most widely used. Medieval wearers also believed gemstones held amuletic or talismanic powers. The ruby was believed to protect the wearer from witchcraft, plague and pestilence, [from Amulets and Superstitions by E.a.Wallis Budge, page 322]. The ring is size K [US 5 and 1/8] and remains in superb, undamaged and most wearable condition after 700 years. For similar medieval tart mold rings see Oman’s British Rings.