Early Renaissance Emerald & Ruby Ring

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Early Renaissance Emerald & Ruby Ring

7,000.00

Metal: 22K Gold

Stone: Emerald & Ruby 

Size: 7

Era: 1590 - 1610

What You Should Know: Light abrasions to rubies.

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

During the 16th century, there was a French historian named Brantome. Brantome wrote extensively about the many incredible green emeralds that the conquistador, Cortez, had brought back to Spain from Latin America. He admired him for obtaining such impressive gems (nevermind the fall of the Aztec Empire…) but Brantome did have one major qualm with Cortez. Cortez had procured one especially large and striking emerald and then engraved it with the biblical phrase, “Among those born of woman there hath not arisen a greater.”

Brantome was appalled that someone would deface such a rare emerald, and considered it sacrilege in and of itself. He wrote that doing such a thing was the cause for great grief and tragedy, including King Charles IX’s death.

Around the same time that Brantome was chastising Cortez for blemishing an emerald of such importance, a jeweler was fashioning this incredible little emerald ring. This ring dates back to the 16th century, so it’s a golden oldie beauty. With a new source of emeralds in South America, members of high society were eager to get their hands on emerald jewelry. It was a sign of dignity and wealth to be seen wearing the green gem, and one surrounded by equally beautiful pink rubies would have been the ultimate status symbol. The stones are truly antique cuts- the emerald is an early step cut, while the rubies are cabochons. All set into a high carat yellow gold, this ring pulls strong color and a feeling of true historical value. A beautiful piece from the Renaissance.

 

 

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