Fuego de España: 18th c. Garnet Ring
Spanish and Portuguese jewelry from the 17th and 18th centuries seems to have an exquisite sense of richness and depth as the “Golden Age” of Spain certainly left its mark on her decorative and fine arts.
Although illustrating the typical design for the late 17th and 18th centuries, this Spanish antique ring displays garnets in a refreshing light. Fine pointed garnets have been faceted in such a manner that the central facets of the round form resemble a star. Each of the nine (9) deep claret-colored garnets have been foiled and set into closed back 18k gold. The gold work around the outside of the gallery creates a series of bulbous peaks and swells. Often these fluid shapes have been formed over a base material such as wax or pitch and incorporated into the ring. Consequently, the shapes are not solid but are somewhat more substantial and weightier than if completely hollow. The shoulders have been appointed with stylized forms and conclude with a smooth band.
Measures ¾ of an inch (1.9 cm) in width by over ½ of an inch (1.4. cm) and sits up over ¼ of an inch (0.8 cm) from the finger. The ring has a weight of 3.7 grams. Currently a size US 6-1/4 (British M; Euro 16.75, 53 mm). Condition is very good. The shank is out of round. If desired, we can have this restored; this will increase the size of the ring. Underneath are a few tiny holes and sheers in the gold visible only upon very close inspection or with magnification. Light wear to gold and stones as commensurate with age and use. Spanish in origin and dates to circa 1750 – 1790.