IntoTemptation…..jewellery musings

Thoughts on jewelry, accessories and whatever else takes my fancy

Jewel of the day: Antique Masquerade Ring

This ring is both spooky and enchanting. Made in approximately 1770, it is a Venetian carnival mask rendered in enamel and set with rose cut diamond eyes and foiled rubies.

Offered by Sotheby’s today, they explain, “Such rings were given as tokens of sentiment during the 18th century. Carnival masks, entwined hearts, flower baskets and gaming cards were all employed, inscribed with romantic prose or concealing lockets containing locks of hair.”

The pre-sale estimate is GBP3,000 — 4,000.

Sothebys Masquerade Ring

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One thought on “Jewel of the day: Antique Masquerade Ring

  1. Robin on said:

    Absolutely LOVE this ring. I find it more enchanting that spooky. I leave that to “memento mori” jewelry. You always find the most interesting things Evelyn.

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