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LOT 0427

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GBP (£) 4,000 - 6,000
EUR (€) 4,670 - 7,000
USD ($) 5,000 - 7,490

Sold for (Inc. bp): £4,680

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MEDIEVAL GOLD RING WITH DIAMOND
15TH-16TH CENTURY A.D.

A gold ring comprising a D-section hoop with heart-shaped panel to the underside, round bezel with hexafoil panel and triangular void enclosing a historic, very early cut diamond. 1 in. (9.22 grams, 26 mm overall, 18.14 mm internal diameter (approximate size British M 1/2, USA 6 1/2, Europe 13.16 Japan 12)). Very fine condition.

PROVENANCE:
European collection, formed in the 1960s and 1970s.
Acquired from a London gallery in the late 1980s.
Property of a North American collector.
Previously in a UK collection.
Accompanied by a geological report No.TL005180 by geology consultant Dr R. L. Bonewitz.
Accompanied by an independent specialist report and valuation by a graduate gemmologist and jewellery expert ref. no.0586/02/06/2020.
This lot has been checked against the Interpol Database of stolen works of art and is accompanied by AIAD certificate no.10615-173081.

LITERATURE:
Cf. Chadour, A.B., Rings. The Alice and Louis Koch Collection, volume I, Leeds, 1994, item 675, for type; see also Boardman, J. & Scarisbrick, D., The Ralph Harari Collection of Finger Rings, London, 1977, item 171, for type.

FOOTNOTES:
Dr. Ronald Bonewitz notes: 'This stone can be considered ‘historic’ in that it illustrates the earliest efforts at actually re-shaping the stone rather than just polishing the natural faces, as was done previously. Not only that, at this time facets were placed more or less at random, but this stone was very deliberately cut into a proper geometric shape. It is an early and rather splendid example of the evolving diamond-cutter's art.'