The Louis XVI Portrait Ring

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20170405_ Georgian Louis XVI Portrait Ring _11947 copy.jpg
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The Louis XVI Portrait Ring

4,000.00

Metal: 18K Gold & sterling silver

Stone: portrait (pointillism style) under stuart crystal with rubies. 

Era: 1790 - 1800

Size: 6.75

What you Should Know: Ring is in pristine condition.

*This ring is resizable, but we do not suggest resizing as it is a museum quality piece. 

Is it still considered a part of the Royal Jewels if it a piece of jewelry with a royal depiction? We sure think so. This ring has a miniature of King Louis XVI who ruled over France from 1774 to 1791, and remains to this day as the head of a very extravagant household.

Louis XVI became king when he was just 19 years old, although he had already been a married man for four years. He stepped into a monarch that was deeply in debt and not liked or trusted by its citizens.

He was extremely interested in Enlightenment and initially had sincerely vowed to be a good ruler. He ridded serfdom and believed in religious tolerance (to an extent). Unfortunately, his royal upbringing left the king a little out of touch, making himself and his wife, Marie Antoinette, the perfect representatives for the absolute monarch that lived a grandoise life while the middle and lower class literally starved.

But, before the Revolution and the death of King Louis XVI, there was a time period where he was worshipped by the upper class. To show their devotion to their sovereign, they wore brooches, pendants, and rings with his bust painted within. The king himself even gifted Benjamin Franklin a portrait of himself cased in gold and surrounded by diamonds.

Portrait jewelry was extremely popular in the mid 1700’s among the aristocracy, and we imagine this rare ring originally adorned the finger of one fancy lady. The ring features a miniature of King Louis XVI, commemorating his reign, created during the 1790’s. Topped with crystal, and accented with beautiful pink rubies, this ring a tiny piece of French history in a wearable form.

What makes this ring particularly unique, besides the obvious, is that it was painted using a technique far before its time. This technique, which would later be defined as Pointillism, is exercised by applying of hundreds of tiny dots of paint, making up an image from afar. 

A little lavish, very precious, perfectly preserved, this ring is a history buff’s dream come true. 

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