1575: Elizabeth I's locket ring, removed on her deathbed.  Mother-of-pearl hoop with inlaid band of rubies in gold, "E" of 6 diamonds over blue enameled "R" & tiny pearl. E. was the pearl, image in the locket  the "mother of pearl."  Belongs to the Trustees of the prime minister’s country residence, "Chequers." Displayed publicly at Compton Verney in 2008.

his locket ring was removed from Elizabeth I’s finger after her death on March 1603 The Elizabethan ring is mother-of-pearl, the band is set with rubies and the ‘E’ contains six diamonds set over a blue enamel ‘R’. A pearl is also clearly visible

That garnet looks about 3x4 INCHES, the smaller one maybe 2x3".  Holy Toledo!

The Cheapside hoard. This hoard was originally part of a Jacobean goldsmith's stock-in-trade. The hoard was found in 1912 under a cellar floor in Cheapside.

1575 English: "Locket ring belonging to Queen Elizabeth I, gold with enamel, rubies, diamonds & mother-of-pearl.  Miniature enamelled busts of Elizabeth and her mother, Anne Boleyn (1501/7-36); supposedly removed from the finger of the finger of the dead queen and taken to James VI of Scotland to inform him of Elizabeth's death." By Kind Permission of the Chequers Trust, The Bridgeman Art Library Photo © Mark Fiennes

Locket ring belonging to Queen Elizabeth I, 1575 (gold with enamel, rubies, diamonds mother-of-pearl)

1575-1600: A delicate silver-gilt finger ring comprising an openwork hoop with three floral motifs on the shoulders; the bezel a rectangular emerald in a cabochon setting.

A delicate silver-gilt finger ring comprising an openwork hoop with three floral motifs on the shoulders; the bezel a rectangular emerald in a cabochon setting.

1560 English: See rings on both hands. "Rather Deathe than False of Faythe"  "Anne Asycough/Askew, Mistress Thomas Kyme" by Hans Eworth.  National Trust (Tatton Park).

Hans Eworth (Dutch artist, An Unknown Lady, called Anne Ayscough or Askew, Mrs Thomas Kyme National Trust Collections Tatton Park, Cheshire 1560

Late 1500s: Elizabethan Gold Ring A gold finger ring with carinated hoop, pelletted scrolled shoulders and floral square-section bezel with stone inlay. Measurements: Gold and gemstone, 2.81 grams, 23 mm (approximate size British K 1/2, USA 5 1/2, Europe 11.0, Japan 10).

Late Elizabethan Gold Ring A gold finger ring with carinated hoop, pelletted scrolled shoulders and floral square-section bezel with stone inlay. Measurements: Gold and gemstone, grams, 23 mm (approximate size British K USA 5 Europe Japan

1500-1600s, Germany: Rock crystal in gold bezel with corners raised to form prongs.  Might be an ecclesiastical or episcopal ring.  Rock crystal was considered a precious (low-cost) stone then.

Germany: Rock crystal in gold bezel with corners raised to form prongs. Might be an ecclesiastical or episcopal ring. Rock crystal was considered a precious (low-cost) stone then.

1578-1657 French: Buried with coins dated August 1464, found 1966 in Fishpool, Nottinghamshire.  NICHOLAS BOILEAU, lord of Castelneau and St. Croix. b. 1578 Languedoc, France; 1598 took his degree of  "avocat" at Valence; 1619 m. Anne de Calviere, 11 children. Died 1657.  Signet ring is the Bolton crest.

Jewellery from the Fishpool hoard: Medieval, century AD Made in England and Flanders; Found at Fishpool, Nottinghamshire, England

1582-91 German: Breast chain and medal of Brandenburg Princess Sophia commemorating her marriage to Prince Christian I. of Saxony

German: Breast chain and medal of Brandenburg Princess Sophia commemorating her marriage to Prince Christian I. of Saxony

1575-1605: Gold "angel's wing" dress ornament set with star-cut garnets.   Cheapside hoard.

Gold dress ornament with star cut garnets: - century. Gold dress ornament enamelled and set with star-cut garnets. Part of the Cheapside hoard.

1600s: Memorial ring with a portrait of Mary Stuart, Queen of Scots. Set with pearls and red gems - garnets? rubies? ?Portrait may be 1600s, but faceting of stones looks more like 1700s to me.

Memorial ring with a portrait of Mary Stuart, Queen of Scots. Set with pearls and red gems - garnets?Portrait may be but faceting of stones looks more like to me.

1566: Mary Stuart cameo pendant.  Diana Scarisbrick: "The bust compares with those of three unidentified princesses in the Museo degli Argenti (cf Riccardo Gennaioli, Le Gemme dei Medici al Museo degli Argenti, Florence, 2007, nos 262, 263, 264).  The beautiful and rare setting is similar to another, also for a bust said to be Mary Stuart in the Cabinet des Médailles, Paris (cf E Babelon, Catalogue des Caméees Antiques et Modernes de la Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris, 1897, no.977.

1566: Mary Stuart cameo pendant. Diana Scarisbrick: "The bust compares with those of three unidentified princesses in the Museo degli Argenti (cf Riccardo Gennaioli, Le Gemme dei Medici al Museo degli Argenti, Florence, 2007, nos 262, 263, 264). The beautiful and rare setting is similar to another, also for a bust said to be Mary Stuart in the Cabinet des Médailles, Paris (cf E Babelon, Catalogue des Caméees Antiques et Modernes de la Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris, 1897, no.977.

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