Reema, Age 4 in India

Shinde Jewels

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Betrothal Ring

Designed as a Renaissance quatrefoil setting, this betrothal ring centers upon an oval-cut diamond weighing approximately 0.62 cts. within an 18K gold mounting.

Inspired by the portraits of Van Eyck, Petrus Christus, and Giovanni Battista Moroni.

Made in NYC.

Materials: 18K yellow gold


0.62 cts D color, VS2 clarity oval-cut diamond, accompanied by a GIA report.

Hallmarks: Golconda, 18K


I was inspired by the work of Renaissance painters like Petrus Christus & Jan van Eyck. This painting, titled A Goldsmith in his Shop, by Petrus Christus, dates to 1449, and is on view at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. If you zoom into the bottom right corner of the painting, you will see gem-set rings in this style. You will also see this style, an early classic setting is also seen in Renaissance portraits of both the Northern & Southern Renaissance. 

The seated subject of the painting is thought to represent St. Elegius, the patron saint of goldsmiths. According to the Met, underdrawings suggest that the central figure could have been posed for by Willem van Vleuten, who often worked for Philip the Good, Duke of Burgundy, and was commissioned by the duke to create this painting as a betrothal gift to the two figures standing behind him, Mary of Guelders and James II on the occasion of their marriage. 

I encourage you to visit the Met's site so that you can enlarge the image and really see the sumptuous hat pin and necklace James II is wearing. The gold embroidery on Mary of Guelders' gown is masterfully rendered to shimmer like the metal. The right hand side of the painting underscores the valuable inventory of the goldsmith. In addition to a collection of finished jewelry, rock crystal, jasper, a collection of pearls and a pair of identical vases highlight the goldsmith's skill and social standing.