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LOT 0437

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GBP (£) 8,000 - 10,000
EUR (€) 9,600 - 12,000
USD ($) 10,890 - 13,610

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£7,200 (EUR 8,642; USD 9,802) (+bp*)

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Elizabethan Gold Ring with Diamonds

Late 16th century AD

An elaborate gold finger ring comprising a D-section hoop with openwork foliate loops and curls to the shoulders, octofoil bezel with inset facetted diamonds to the upper face and central keeled aquamarine cabochon; to the underside, eight radiating lobes and a small central, facetted diamond. 12.46 grams, 27.60mm overall, 17.92x19.79mm internal diameter (approximate size British Q 1/2, USA8 1/4, Europe 18.12, Japan 17) (1"). Fine condition.

Provenance
Private collection of a North London lady before 2000.
Property of a London gentleman.
Accompanied by scholarly note TL05411 by Dr Ronald Bonewitz.
This lot has been checked against the Interpol Database of stolen works of art and is accompanied by AIAD certificate number no.11046-184184.

Literature
Cf. Chadour, A.B., Rings. The Alice and Louis Koch Collection, volume I, Leeds, 1994, items 680, 682, 683; Oman, C.C., British Rings 800-1914, London, 1974, items 27A, B, D, for type.

Footnotes
The ring features a splendid example of a natural aquamarine of blue-turquoise hue cut into a keeled dome. The insertion of a diamond into the underside of the bezel is unusual at this period.