A Georgian Garnet

Museal gold ring with garnet & glass pastes, England circa 1780

About 240 years old is the present ring, which came to us from a Munich estate, but was probably made in England. The years from 1714 to 1830 are known in England as the Georgian Era. The era is named after the kings George I to IV from the House of Hanover. This period saw the final rise of the country to become the dominant world power with a colonial empire that spanned the globe. The art of this era was characterized by a return to antiquity and corresponds to classicism on the European continent. During this period, the English upper class favored the life portrayed in many films on their extensive country estates. The day was devoted to amusements and outdoor sporting activities, while elegant salons characterized social life in the evening. The distinction between daytime and evening jewelry, with which the English lady took these different requirements into account, also dates from this period. Typical daytime jewelry included rings flanking a central colored stone with small diamonds or glass pastes. Our specimen corresponds exactly to this scheme: A beautiful garnet sparkles in the center of the piece, which was created around 1780, its dark red color sparkling effectively through a foliation. The stone is held by a closed setting typical of the time. Flanking each side of the garnet is a white glass paste in historic cuts of silver. A decorated band of gold completes the beautiful ring, which came to us from a private collection in Munich. The ring is a very nice antique collectible that can still be worn. Comparable rings can also be found in Ginny Redington Dawes & Olivia Collings: Georgian Jewellery 1714-1830, Woodbridge 2007, on p. 32.

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