Bague au Firmament of the CrossRegular price $4,573.00
A stunning museum-quality “bague au firmament” or “ring of the heavens,” in 18k yellow gold, silver, blue guilloche enamel, and old mine cut diamonds. Marie Antoinette made these rings popular in the 18th century by wearing hers nearly every day. Typically the deep blue sky was done in glass, but I prefer the guilloche enamel detail of this piece. I have seen only one other example with a cross instead of a general depiction of the night sky which makes this one so memorable. The reverse is a locket back (closed but could be opened by a jeweler skilled in antique restoration) containing a braided lock of salt and pepper hair. The later inscription below this hair panel is dated 1881. US Size 5.5 and could also be sized by a skilled jeweler. Approximately 1.1 total carat weight, diamonds are well color matched.
The Victorian era is the period of Queen Victoria's reign, from her accession in 1837 until her death in 1901. Victorian jewelry trends were directly influenced by the Queen's personal collection which included many sentimental pieces honoring her family and her beloved husband Prince Albert. She ruled for over 60 years and this time can be separated into three distinct stages: The Romantic Period, The Grand Period, and the Aesthetic Period.