Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Gifts of Grandeur: A Mid-Nineteenth Scarf Ring

The Victoria & Albert Museum

This luxurious scarf ring, intended to secure a scarf to an outfit, was made in the Mid Nineteenth Century in Central Europe.  A work of enameled gold, it is set with a step cut colorless topaz. 

Such rings were both practical and beautiful.  As women’s fashion often incorporated various shawls and scarves, a scarf ring served to keep these items neatly in place and arranged in any number of specific ways dictated by the changing fashions of the time. 

Furthermore, a scarf ring would have been a suitable token of affection offered during a courtship—not as serious as a finger ring, but more permanent than flowers.  

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