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Love ring

17th century

Gold ring, the bezel heart-shaped and set at the centre with a cabochon sapphire surrounded by thirteen rubies, the hoop with a raised central rib and ending in serpent heads at the shoulders

15.49 mm internal ring diameter; 6.87 g weight

Bought in London

Presented by Dr C.D.E. Fortnum in honour of Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee, 1897; WA1897.CDEF.F491

The number of stones set around the central stone on this design varies between 8 and 17

Scarisbrick and Henig, Finger Rings, 2003, pl. 23.3