Thursday, March 27, 2014

Mastery of Design: A Gold, Diamond and Enamel "Compass" Ring, c. 1850

The Victoria & Albert Museum

An enameled gold ring with an oval bezel, this piece features a hinged cover which is set with a pink sapphire in a border of rose-cut diamonds.  The center stone has mistakenly been identified as a ruby in previous records.  Nonetheless, a pink sapphire and a pale ruby are close cousins in the rock world.

Below the kinged cover is a compass dial.

The gold shoulders of the ring are adorned with volutes and strapwork.

The piece was possibly made in Germany circa 1850-1900.

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