Renaissance rock crystal ring
Renaissance finger rings of this quality and condition are rare. The high carat gold ring, circa 1650 – 1700, is set with a central foiled rose-cut rock crystal between rose-cut diamonds. The shank is a kaleidoscope of vibrant coloured enamels and enamelled to both exterior and interior. The ring is size J and 1/2 [US 5]. The majority of the enamel is still intact. During the Renaissance as Pierre Woerit [1532 – 1596] implied, the ring required the precision of the sculptor and the taste of the painter. Like Renaissance sculpture, this ring is best appreciated from all angles. This is wearable sculpture.
Portrait of La Belle Nani wearing colourful enamel rings, by Veronese.