|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.