Description This ring is of the popular "navette" (boat) shape. The diamonds are set in red enamel, framing and creating a floral motif. From the 1720s more diamonds than ever came to Europe. The international network of traders and skilled diamond cutters that had long linked Lisbon, Amsterdam, and London with India and Persia expanded to include Brazil, where new mines were opened. However, despite their dazzle, diamonds were often mined by enslaved people working under strict supervision to ensure that nothing was stolen.
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- Jewelry - Ancient to Modern. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1979-1980.
- Bedazzled: 5,000 Years of Jewelry from the Walters Art Museum. Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Nashville; The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, Sarasota; The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. 2006-2009.
- Bedazzled: 5,000 Years of Jewelry. El Paso Museum of Art, El Paso. 2010.
Provenance Henry Walters, Baltimore (?); given to Laura F. Delano, New York; given to Walters Art Museum, 1947.
Credit Gift of Laura F. Delano, 1947
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