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Flowers were a fashionable theme in jewellery during the 18th century. Intricate and colourful ‘giardinetti’ rings (from the Italian, meaning ‘little garden’) were so popular. They had tiny blossoms set with an assortment of precious stones.
These colorful floral gemstone depictions were love tokens to be exchanged with lovers and friends, sometimes fluid and asymmetrical, sometimes even and balanced represent a small piece of evergrowing history of art as this glorious, rare, natural emerald and diamond Giardinetti ring from Georgian era.
Here flower design was captured in miniature in colorful and delicate openwork setting with a meaningful conformation of an ivy leaf, a smaller leaf, a pansy or a daisy and a beautiful pointed flower, perhaps a secret love message exchanged.
Displayed here are two diamond set flowers sparkling with twelve between old cuts and rose cut diamonds totaling approx .82 Ct by spread set foiled and closed back, blooming next to each other.
Between the two sparkling flowers, a vivid green bud or a small leaf set with an antique marquise cut natural emerald of approx .19 Ct, its stem intertwining with a larger ivy leaf gem set with nine antique cut natural emeralds set closed back and totaling approx .37 Ct glowing with a lush dreamy green.
Crafted in artful composition in the light delicate Rococo design echoing the floral patterns of fashionable flowers, with lovely details on the back of the mounting, were the gilding is slightly fainting for the passing of time.
Artfully crafted in 18 Kt yellow gold and gilded silver during 18th Century.
Very good overall condition commensurate to use and age, and it’s survived the past centuries in great shape.
18 Kt yellow gold and gilded silver, tested
1 antique marquise cut natural emerald set closed back of approx .19 Ct;, 10 rose cut diamond and 2 old mine cut diamonds foiled and closed back totaling approx .82 Ct; 9 antique cuts natural emeralds closed back totalling approx .37 Ct;
head of the ring is 18.7 mm x 15.7 mm (hxw); sits 3.3 mm high on finger ;
very good overall condition some gilding on back worn, overall wear consistent with age and use