Spanish and Portuguese jewelry hit a zenith in the 18th century, well known for its splendor and sometimes overblown presence. Stylistically and technically the jewelry had a flair and grandeur that is unsurpassed to this day.
This is a wonderful mid 18th century garnet ring set in 14k gold. A typical style of ring from the Iberian region, there is a central cluster and two "flares" on the sides set with three gemstones each.
The garnets are flat cut in rectangular forms, each with a facet on each edge along with a table or planar top.
Fifteen almandine garnets in all, they are deep wine red in hue. Because they are placed deep within the gold, in some lights they appear red black.
They are snug within foiled, closed backed cut down settings. In other words, the gold appears almost smeared over the sides of the stones.
Serrations to the precious metal wend their way around the edges. It is such a fascinating aesthetic, different from British or continental styles.
A replaced three-part shank of 10k gold was added some time long ago.