The King Charles I Portrait Ring

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The King Charles I Portrait Ring

9,000.00

Metal: 18-22K Gold (tests throughout)

Stone: Glass beads. Stuart crystal over portrait. Portrait on wafer.

Size: 7.25

Era: 1680

What You Should Know: Glass stones are a later addition. Enamel work on back of face..

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

King Charles was monarch of England, Scotland, and Ireland for twenty-four years in the mid 1600’s. He was known to believe and practice the “divine right of kings” and often fought with Parliament. His relationship with Parliament grew so hostile, it ended in a war. He even dissolved Parliament three times between 1625 and 1629 when he finally decided to dismiss the institution entirely and rule alone. He then had to raise internal revenue on his own, a decision that would make him quite unpopular with nobility and subjects alike.

 

After an uprising in Scotland due to his religious implementations, a severe upheaval in Ireland for his military beliefs, and a breakout of civil war in England for his views on Parliament, King Charles’s reign started to narrow and eventually end. In 1646, he surrendered to the Scots who then handed him over to England. He escaped to the Isle of Wight until the end of the second civil war, but later Oliver Cromwell put him on trial for treason and he was executed. Although King Charles I’s reign was a tumultuous one, he did have many supporters.

 

Among these supporters were some members of upper society. Most likely belonging in his court, these followers would commission pieces of jewelry with King Charles’s portrait to show their respect. This historic ring from 1650 is one of those rare pieces. A tiny painted miniature of King Charles (and his very recognizable facial hair) is set under crystal glass. We suspect the side stones were originally rose or table cut white diamonds but have been since been replaced with glass. It’s quite possible with the outbreak of war, the owner of this ring had to sell the diamonds out of this ring for their monetary value and had them replaced with clear glass. Another result of the downfall of King Charles’s sovereignty.

This ring requires special care due to it’s very old age. It’s a museum quality piece that is destined to become the focus of a collector or history lover’s attention. Adorned with enamel and set in a high kart gold. A ring that is certainly one of kind, in age, simulation, and importance. 

 

 

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