Stuart crystal takes it's name from the rock crystal jewelry worn by loyalists to the Stuart monarchy following the 1649 execution of King Charles I. Early Stuart crystal jewels typically feature a miniature of the King, or his cipher, under faceted rock crystal. These mourning pieces were worn discreetly (if not outright secretly) by supporters of the crown in the tumultuous years after his death. Later in the 17th century, Stuart crystal was made and worn for more personal (and less political) reasons, including in memory of lost loved ones. This rare c. 1680 Stuart crystal ring features skull and crossbones over a faint set initials. The ring features beautiful detailing at the shoulders with tiny fragments of enamel and classic Stuart enameled fluting on the underside of the head.
22k gold (tests), enamel, rose cut rock crystal
Good - enamel on underside of the head is mostly intact; water damage has made the initials beneath the crystal difficult to read
6.5, resizing not recommended; 1.08cm x 1,2cm head, 2.5mm shank
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1603 — 1714
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These jewels were worn discreetly to show one’s support for the beheaded monarch Charles I.