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Navette-Shaped "Heavens" Ring

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Description In the 18th century, the allure of diamonds crossed cultures, and when worn, they were an immediately recognizable statement of personal worth. The cut of diamond that became most popular over the course of the 18th century was the brilliant-cut, which particularly enhanced the sparkle of stones that were often worn in greatest abundance at night, under flickering candlelight. 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. For this ring, the navette or boat-shaped bezel in violet enamel is set with small diamonds in silver collets arranged as a celestial image.
Date Description Narrative
  • Jewelry - Ancient to Modern. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1979-1980.
Provenance Acquired by Henry Walters, Baltimore; given to Laura F. Delano, New York; given to Walters Art Museum, 1946.
Credit Gift of Laura F. Delano, 1946

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1st half 19th century
gold, diamond, enamel, silver
(Gold, Silver & Jewelry)
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H of bezel: 1 5/16 in. (3.4 cm)


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