Renaissance diamond ring
A Renaissance diamond cluster ring, mid-17th century. During the Renaissance rings developed from the essentially simple forms of preceding centuries to more elaborate designs combining the skills of the goldsmith, gem setter and enameller. On this Renaissance ring the high carat gold shank is enamelled in black and white with arcaded enamel to the bezel. It is set with a hogback diamond surrounded by eight table-cut diamonds, all gems in foiled, enclosed settings. The ring is size M and 1/2 [US 6 and 1/4] and the gem set head measures 1/3 of an inch by 1/3 of an inch. It is in completely original condition with the majority of the original enamel intact.