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Cusped Ring

North European

Not on view

When this ring was made, goldsmiths concentrated on showcasing the color and brilliance of gemstones. Here, the designer captures the deep, lustrous tones of the hessonite garnet. The ring itself is cast from a single piece of gold. The octagonal collar that holds the stone in place has been pulled down to create prongs and cusped depressions, which give this type its name. This ring is especially notable for its heavy weight and fine craftsmanship.

Cusped Ring, Gold, hessonite garnet, North European

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Photo by Richard Goodbody, Inc.