Dating to c.1200-1300 AD. I am thrilled to present this high medieval English gold stirrup ring for the consideration of my Ruby Lane clientele!

Measuring 6.8 mm wide at the center of the bezel, this beautiful stirrup ring has been in my private collection of medieval rings for many years, but I am "de-accessing" some pieces ahead of the holiday season, and this ring needs a new curator! This solid gold ring is wrought in 22k gold, and is set with a natural amethyst cabochon (gold unmarked but tested). Best of all, it is in museum-quality condition after over 770 years!

Stirrup rings are so-called because the shape of the ring, with it's gothic tapered shoulders, took the form of a horse's stirrup. The stirrup ring was in fashion from the twelfth century well into the fourteenth century. Stirrup rings were worn by all classes of medieval society; the working classes wore bronze examples, and the wealthy wore them in silver and gold. The vast majority of stirrup rings are set with a cabochon gemstone, as the art of stone cutting was not yet perfected.

This gold example is set with it's original natural amethyst cabochon, mounted in it's rubbed-over, closed-backed collet. The amethyst measures 4.9 mm in diameter, and weighs approx. 30 points. The amethyst is a rich, clear shade of medium violet, which contrasts beautifully with the high-karat gold (unmarked but tested). As with all precious gems, amethysts were thought to have special properties; one of the most well-known of those protections involves amethyst’s purported power to prevent drunkenness. (A myth about Bacchus, the Roman god of wine, has promoted this belief.) Purple was also the color of those pure at heart, and was often used in bishop's or clerical rings.

This ring is a size 5, and was almost certainly made for a medieval lady of wealth and fashion in the age of knighthood and chivalry. Best of all, it has been looked after very carefully over the centuries, as it has made it into the 21st-century in as pristine a condition that the most discerning collector could hope for! It is 100% intact, without damage, repairs, or replacements! The gold boasts a rich, matte patina which only the passing of centuries can impart. The amethyst cabochon is also intact. SIMPLY AMAZING!

Weighing in at 4.13 grams, this is a hefty ring for it's size; it is currently a US 5, and I strongly recommend against re-sizing, as it would compromise the integrity of this all-original jewel. However, it could be re-sized by laser and gold added. If you are lucky enough to have slim fingers, this ring lights up on the hand, and what a history! As with all medieval rings, it should be worn with care; this is the perfect historic ring for special occasions! Alternatively, it can be worn on a gold chain around the neck, a fashion that dates back to antiquity!

Simply a fabulous example of a gold and gem-set medieval jewel, this ring will make a prized addition to any collection of rare, early jewelry, and is truly investment-worthy. It would also make the ultimate gift for any lady fond of genuine, medieval jewelry, and will be shipped in a gift box. As with all of my jewelry pre-dating 1700, this ring will be sold with a COA and valuation for your insurance purposes at no extra cost. Do not miss this one-of-a-kind rarity from my own collection; up to four month layaway is available with 1/4 down, and USPS domestic shipping is FREE!

ITEM ID
3658
COLOR
Gold, Purple
ITEM SIZE
5
ITEM TYPE
Antique

Aesthetic Engineering Fine Jewels and Antiques

MUSEUM-QUALITY Medieval English Amethyst/22k Stirrup Ring, c.1250!

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