17th Century Ring with Diamond
High dome construction, use of rub-over settings and saw tooth and beaded designs carved into the silver bezel marks this antique ring as late 17th century. A table cut foiled back diamond has been set within a high dome of silver accented with a bottom border of beaded silver. Two red faceted stones of glass paste have been placed in high domes as they flank the central diamond. The sides of these bezels have been decorated with a classic 17th century saw tooth and beaded design. Silver was the white metal of choice as it was more flattering to the silvery tones of the foiled back diamonds of the era.
Additionally, the gallery is characteristic of the period with vertical channels set with black enamel ornamented with tiny white dots. The high carat yellow gold shank and shoulders are enameled in black set into chased channels in typical English swirl patterns.
Measurements: 1/4 of an inch (0.6 cm) at the widest and rises just less than ¼ of an inch (0.5 cm) off the finger. Petite in scale.
Size: Currently a size US 5-1/2 (British-1/2; Euro 16.25, 51 mm). Can be sized by our expert jewelers to fit most.
Condition: Fair to good; the majority of the black enamel is intact; medium wear to the ring with several beaded borders worn away; two glass stones appear to be original and have heavy wear; one has minute gaps around the gold mount yet is stable and secure in the setting; the diamond appears to be original and in some angles reads a tad golden from the foiling underneath.
Date: Circa 1670 – 1680
Historical notes: During the 17th century a number of rings were worn simultaneously. The smaller scale lent itself to multiple rings worn on the same finger, several worn at the end of each finger and others that fit back on the hand.