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Ring

  • Place of origin:

    Andujar (made)

  • Date:

    1750-1850 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Engraved gold set with amethyst pastes

  • Museum number:

    1217-1871

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

  • Public access description

    Finger rings are one of the most popular kinds of jewellery. They have been worn in almost all places throughout history, and, unlike most other pieces, were commonly used as often by men as by women.

    This ring, which was bought at Andujar, is typical of Spanish traditional rings. It was described as 18th-century when it was acquired in 1871, but rings of this design continued to be made up to the end of the 19th century for wear by the conservative rural population.

  • Physical description

    Gold ring with a flat shank and circular bezel set with six square amethyst pastes in closed mounts around a slightly larger central one. The mounts and the spaces between them are decorated with engraved lines, and there is an engraved flower on each shoulder.

  • Dimensions

    Diameter: 1.8 cm, Height: 1.2 cm

  • Descriptive line

    Gold ring with circular raised bezel set with amethyst pastes, Andujar (Spain), 1750-1850.

  • Collection code

    Metalwork Collection