Georgian 9kt/Sterling Gemstone + Diamond Gardinetto Flower Basket Ring
The Italian word, “gardinetto,” which translates to “garden,” forms the shape of a vase of flowers or a flower basket, especially suited for brooches but sometimes rings and pendants. The colorful items were created using various gemstones including rubies, emeralds, and sapphires. Popular during the Georgian (ca1714-1837) era, these colorful floral gemstone depictions were known as tokens of love to be exchanged with significant others and friends. A resurgence in popularity occurred during the Art Deco (ca1920) era.
A stunning gemstone ring from the Georgian (ca1750) era that perfectly showcases the gardinetto design! This lovely piece is crafted in 9kt yellow gold and sterling silver, and forms the shape of a beautiful basket filled with gemstone “flowers.” Resting at the tips of curved wirework "stems," the gorgeous gemstones create a colorful array and include a citrine, smoky topaz, peridot, ruby, and a pink topaz. Each of the faceted stones are closed back and rest in a bezel setting, catching the light beautifully with every turn. Two curved “leaves” lined with sparkling old Rose Cut diamonds rest at the center of the bouquet, adding a wonderful eye-catching appeal. A border of twisted rope wirework outlines the basket, and a trio of similarly cut diamonds embellishes the center. The sterling silver basket has a convex shape, perfectly hugging the finger, and the piece rests at the center of a rose gold band, creating a wonderful mixed metal look. Finishing the design are delicate cutouts found throughout the centerpiece and band, adding a soft feminine touch and airiness to the design. A wonderful and unique gemstone ring, this gorgeous piece would make a perfect addition to any collection!
Measurements: The ring has a finger size of 5.5, but could be resized. The centerpiece measures approximately 3/4" tall, 5/8" wide, and rests 1/8" above the finger when worn. The band measures about 2mm wide at the back.
Condition: The overall condition of the ring is excellent. Besides normal surface wear, there is no apparent damage to the sterling silver and rose gold setting. All of the diamonds and gemstones are intact and securely set. There is a natural darkened patina to some parts of the surface, which is normal given the age of the piece and adds to it unique beauty.