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Indian Gold Ring set with Rubies & a Diamond

South India
19th century

diameter of bezel: 1.5cm, weight: 8.01g, ring size: 6 (US), L/M (UK)

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UK art market

This beautiful ring is of solid gold. The face or bezel is set with eight rubies around a central, foil-backed, diamond all in kundun settings.

The shoulders are pierced and decorated in relief with foliate scrollwork.

The manner in which the gems have been cut is typically 18th-19th century Indian: as much of the gem is preserved as possible and flaws are largely ignored. Consequently, the gems are cut and faceted in an uneven, naturalistic manner.

The diamond has an old inclusion across its face. The ring is stable and very wearable.

References

Aitken, M.E., When Gold Blossoms: Indian Jewelry from the Susan L. Beningson Collection, Asia Society & Philip Wilson Publishers, 2004.

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