Pope Innocent XI Portrait Ring

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Pope Innocent XI Portrait Ring

6,100.00

Metal: 18K Gold

Stone: Portrait on wafer under stuart crystal 

Size: 6.75

Era: 1680 - 1690

What You Should Know: Light enamel work around shank. Portrait and crystal are in pristine condition.

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

Can you imagine being loved by so many, artists started rendering your face on wearable art? If so, lucky you.

This was the case for Pope Innocent XI, who was the leader of the Catholic church from 1676 to 1689. He definitely won the popular vote of the 17th century. He’s known for ahem, “not getting along with” King Louis XIV of France. He was committed to living an unselfish life, even in a powerful position as pope. He lived frugally and simply, with no acceptance of luxury whatsoever. This is possibly why he butted heads with the French monarch so much, and the battle of king’s rights over the church’s finances. He went down in history as someone void of corruptness and a true man of god and his people.

Only rarer than a leader so loved is this antique ring showcasing his portrait. This stunning piece dates back to around the last decade of his reign, the 1680s. His depiction is still in beautiful condition considering its over 300 years old. The miniature of Pope Innocent XI is under faceted crystal and set into 22k gold. The gallery and band have unique black enamel work. Every aspect and detail of this ring has left us impressed. It’s hard to determine if its historic value outweighs its appearance and craftsmanship, both incredibly extraordinary.

 

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