Rare ring of the Heavens decorated by a silver diamond cross on a royal blue glass cabochon.
Royal blue glass diamond cross ring in yellow gold 14 karats and silver. This ring is set with a royal blue glass cabochon (cobalt blue color) in a gold closed setting. A silver cross, set with four rose-cut diamonds, is attached to the glass cabochon. This is set on a silver surround with twenty rose-cut diamonds. The ring’s band is made of gold and richly decorated with wavelet motifs. Vintage 20th century ring in a 18th century spirit.
Oak leaf hallmark (Netherlands), Goldsmith’s hallmark
Finger size: 57 EU or 8 US (can be changed)
Dimensions of the ring head : 23 mm x 18 mm
Dimensions of the cross : 13 mm x 9 mm
Estimated diamond weight : 0.26 carat
Condition : some scratches from use
Weight : 7.26 gr
Jewel history : in the late 18th century and into the 19th century, marquise rings set with diamonds on dark blue or red enamel backgrounds became fashionable in Europe. The oval, like this ring, and the rectangular (shuttle-shaped bezel) were the most popular shapes. They were inlaid with diamonds or other sparkling stones to imitate stars in the sky or floral sprays. As the blue of the ring evokes sky and stars the rings of this kind were called “bagues au firmament” (Rings of the Heavens).