Order of the Garter: Victorian Enamel & Diamond Ring
As seen in Vogue Magazine May 2014 issue page 146!
The strap and buckle motif* has been incorporated over several centuries of jewelry design. The crest of its popularity was during the Victorian era when it was given as an acclamation of admiration and friendship. Revived toward the end of the Art Deco period, the motif is still employed today.
A variation of the strap and buckle motif has been transformed into a finger ring of 14k yellow gold. Striking cobalt blue guilloché enamel outlines the perimeter of the “strap”. Forty-five (45) rose cut diamonds embellish the gold strap and buckle of the finger ring.
Date: Circa 1870.
*Historical Note: The strap and buckle, a rendition of The Most Noble Order of the Garter is the highest order of chivalry or knighthood which exists in England; founded in 1348 the order uses the buckle and strap motif as a symbol of binding together in common brotherhood.
Measurements: 3/8 of an inch (1.0 cm) in length north to south on the hand and rises 1/8 of an inch (0.3 cm) in height off the finger. Weight of 5.5 grams (3.5 dwt).
Ring Size: US 7-3/4 (UK P; Euro or Int. Circum. 56.3 mm; Int. Dia. 17.9 mm; Japan over 15). This ring can be sized down using inserts only and cannot be sized up.
Condition: Excellent; a few diamonds chipped or cut naively.
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