With this remarkable ring, we have an adoption of old styles moving into the beginning of the 19th century. This style shows quite a high level of experimentation and personalisation, as it reflects a time of fluidity in jewellery design that had moved on from the standard oval/navette shapes of the late 18th century.
Before we start to look into the ring for its construction and materials, we must think about the social context of when it was created. The ring was designed at a time where the Neoclassical movement had lasted since c.1765, around forty years, a movement of romanticism and humanism that had engrained upon an entire generation growing up where this was mainstream fashion. Read more