Renaissance Revival Enamel Ring
Vivid and captivating, Limoges enamel often decorated jewelry in the mid and later 19th century as well as into the early 20th century. Displayed here is the profile of a dapper Renaissance revival gentleman complete with feathered flat cap and robe gazing toward the right. (A 16th century self portrait of the famous painter Hans Holbein has a similar look). Enameled with shimmering gold, the collar of the robe is particularly breathtaking as is the peacock blue folds of the fabric. Completing the oval plaque is the lavender colored backdrop.
Rose cut diamond melees set into silver topped rose gold surround the enamel. Each side is ornamented with stair steps of silver holding more rose cuts. All set into 18k rose gold, this is a superb and rare find as a ring as most examples of Limoges enamels have been set into brooches.
Measurements: Top is 11/16 of an inch (1.7 cm) north to south on the hand by 1/2 inch of an inch (1.3 cm) in width and rises 3/16 of an inch (0.5 cm) high off the finger. This antique ring has a weight of 7.9 grams (5.1 dwt).
Ring Size: US 6-3/4 (UK N; Euro 17, 54 mm) and can be sized by our expert jewelers to fit most. Ring sizing information.
Condition: Very good; two minute surface lines to the right of the enamel at 3:00 that cannot be seen when worn but do show in our macro photographs; light wear overall commensurate with age and use.
Date & Origin: Circa 1880 - 1890. Enamel is French in origin.
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