|Stuart Coronation Ring|
1660 or earlier
Ancient and Modern Gems and Jewels in
the Collection of Her Majesty, the Queen
Records indicate that this ring may have also been the coronation ring of Charles II and may even have belonged to Charles I. While the piece is documented as belonging to the Stuart Dynasty, it was never kept in the Jewel House. The Sovereign’s coronation ring was considered his personal property and did not belong to the state. Therefore, accurate records are difficult to come by. However, we do know that the border of brilliant Old Mine Cut diamonds was added in 1780 and that the ring was substantially recreated in the 1800’s. William IV loaned this piece to be displayed to the public at Edinburgh Castle in 1830. The ring was returned to the Royal Collection in the Twentieth Century.