Georgian bressan enamel ring in vermeil. Antique ring with a bezel decorated with Bressan enamel. In the centre, a yellow paste stone is surrounded by white enamel dots circled in gold, the whole is surrounded by midnight blue enamel on which are affixed four golden stars. The ring is soberly decorated with fine chiselling. Antique ring, early 19th century, Circa 1820, Burgundy, France.
Unreadable hallmark, partial master hallmark, departmental hallmark D
Finger size : 58 EU or 8.5 US (can be changed at the risk of losing the hallmarks)
Size of the bezel : 12 mm x 9 mm
Condition : oxidation, scratches
Weight : 1.09 gr
Historical point : Bresse enamel jewels are traditional jewels from Bourg-en-Bresse. Their origin goes back to the 14th century, when the enameller of the city, Master Guillaume, is asked to decorate the pommel and the scabbard of the Duke of Savoy Amédée VIII. This jewel experienced its rise beyond the Bresse region between 1830 and 1900. In the middle of the 19th century, Bresse enamels evolved under the impetus of goldsmiths Amédée Bonnet and Amédée Fornet, with the addition of gold flakes, enamel pearls and filigree arabesques.
The Bresse enamels are entirely handmade. The pearl or arabesque decoration is made with 24 karat gold and can be mounted on 18 karat gold, vermeil or silver frames.