Renaissance Revival Diamond and Ruby Ring

  • A beautiful point-cut diamond is set in this Renaissance Revival ring
  • The gemstone is surrounded by rubies and enameling in its highly sculptural gold setting
  • This ring demonstrates the Victorian era’s fascination with the aesthetics of the Renaissance
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Item No. 31-3527

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This Renaissance Revival ring, featuring diamonds and rubies in period-accurate cuts, demonstrates the Victorian era’s fascination with the aesthetics of the Renaissance. At its center sits a diamond, surrounded by foiled cushion-shaped rubies in its highly unique, raised setting. The diamond is point-cut, one of the oldest gem cuts in history and a popular cut during the Renaissance. In fact, the tradition of the diamond engagement ring likely began in the Renaissance with a point-cut diamond when Archduke Maximilian of Austria gave Mary of Burgundy a diamond ring in this style ahead of their marriage in 1477. The gold setting includes various sculptural elements, including two diminutive cherubs on either side of the gemstones embellished with colorful enameling. 

This ring, created in the last half of the 19th century, is a wonderful example of the nostalgia among the public for the aesthetics of the Renaissance during that time. Archeological excavations and discoveries in Greece and Italy and a wave of museum exhibitions fueled the imagination of craftsmen throughout Europe, resulting in a resurgence of styles based on Classical and Renaissance forms and motifs. The timeless classical elements of Renaissance Revival jewelry creations retain their appeal today and are highly collected.

Late 19th century
Renaissance Revival Diamond and Ruby Ring
Period: 19th Century
Type: Rings

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