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18th Century Stuart Crystal Ring. Stuart Crystals started off as mourning jewels protesting the execution of King Charles I (of the House of Stuart) in 1649. By the end of the 17th century, the little rock crystal jewellery had become a popular form of memorial, mourning, and love token jewellery.
The Stuart Diamond - bought in 1690 by William (House of Orange) and Mary (House of Stuart) - 39.75 ct rose-cut pear shaped stone - set in different pendants and necklaces over many years - central stone in 1897 tiara made for new Queen of the Netherlands (House of Orange) Wilhelmina