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Ring (1)

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The Victoria and Albert Museum

The Victoria and Albert Museum

Sapphires used in medieval jewellery came from Sri Lanka, and could be found in a number of different colours, although blue is the most common.
Until the fifteenth century gems were usually cut ,en cabochon, that is to say, simply polished into a rounded shape. The often irregular stone meant that a claw setting was one of the most effective ways of holding the gem in place.

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Details

  • Title: Ring (1)
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Date Created: 1245/1300
  • Location: England
  • Physical Dimensions: Height: 2.7 cm, Width: 2.1 cm, Depth: 1.4 cm
  • Medium: Gold; blue sapphire, purple sapphires

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