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A work made of gold, tourmaline, and traces of enamel.
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  • A work made of gold, tourmaline, and traces of enamel.


c. 1525–c. 1575


Probably Italian

About this artwork

Bold in color, this ring is in keeping with mid- to late sixteenth-century Italian Renaissance fashion. Its large step-cut pink tourmaline is mounted on a cast gold setting, ornamented with a series of scrolls colored with touches of blue, green, and white enameling. In the period, many stones, like tourmaline, were believed to hold healing properties, and therefore thought beneficial as well as fashionable to wear.


On View, Gallery 238


Applied Arts of Europe




Italy (Object Probably made in)

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Made 1525–1575


Gold, tourmaline, and traces of enamel


Bezel: 1.3 × 1 × 0.5 cm (1/2 × 3/8 × 3/16); Circumference: 5.7 cm (2 1/4 in.); Diameter: 1.8 cm (11/16 in.)

Credit Line

Chester D. Tripp Estate Fund

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