Antique Giardinetti Diamond Flower Ring
Although it may seem that the design of jewelry falls into two distinct categories, forms that remain classic and others which are era specific, there are timeless themes that have been interpreted and adapted for particular time frames. The flower motif has been incorporated in a multitude of ways. One of the more outstanding configurations has been the “giardinetti” or little garden rings which were made in England, Italy and France during the late 17th and 18th centuries.
Here we have a very scare and exceptional example of an English jeweler’s re-interpretation and response to the giardinetto ring. The addition of the art of enameling sets this Georgian era ring apart from its European cousins. Centered old mine cut diamonds have been set into skillfully applied tinted enamel which translates the petals of a simple flower form into the resplendent colors of royal and cerulean blue. Open work of silver supports the gem stones, as engraved leaf and stem motifs have been appointed with additional diamonds and enameling. Intricate scrolling accentuates the fine artisanship of the piece.
Measures ½ of an inch (1.3 cm) in width. Currently a size US 7 ((UK N 1/2; Euro 17 1/4/-1/2; 55 mm) and can be sized to fit most. In excellent condition; small reinforcements on reverse where diamond centers and mounts are fitted to gold ring. English in origin and dates to circa 1840.