Georgian Mid 18th Century Giardinetti Ring
Giardinetti jewelry is some of the most colorful and appealing jewelry of the 18th century, and thus, cleverly (sometimes) reproduced. I have not been able to purchase one for many years. It is quite rare to find an authentic piece so I am very pleased to present this stunning and majestic ring. Not only is this “right” but the grand scale makes it more rare and impressive.
Dating to circa 1750, “giardinetti” (gardens in Italian) jewelry often used stylized vases or baskets with flower, leaf, and stem forms that sprang forth from the container. This one is encrusted with gems--diamonds, rubies, a garnet, and two small spinels. The form is regal with the vase a large rose cut diamond set in silver. From this spills a large garnet surrounded by a gorgeous flower form collet of gold. The leaves and flowers are then dotted with stones – two rubies that are a vivid fuchsia pink in color, seven (7) rose cut diamonds, and two (2) spinels of a mysterious aqua-green color. As beautiful from the front as it presents from the back with its rounded forms and deep rich pillows of silver. The shank is stunning in high carat gold that is split at the top with scrollwork.
In very good condition, there is reinforcement of the shank where it attaches to the ring back, but done appropriately. There is a small loss to a little of the silver work holding one of the spinels; perhaps one replaced diamond and a touch of reinforcement to one diamond mount. All this is mostly noticeable only with magnification. Some time ago it may have been sized. Measures more than 1-1/16 of an inch in length (2.8 cm) and the vase form is 5/8 of an inch wide (1.7 cm); the ring top from side of shank to side of shank measures 7/8 of an inch (2.5 cm). The ring size is 8 ¼- ½ (UK size Q-1/2; Euro 57.75). English in origin.