Rare Russian Coral Ring with Cyrillic Dedication to Saint Barbara, circa 1910
From the Romanov era, period of Tsar Nicholas II, this rare silver ring is bezel set with an orange coral from the Black Sea. The shank is inscribed with a dedication to Saint Barbara in Old Church Slavonic.
The coral measures approximately 12 x 8 x 5 mm (l x w x h) of a fine quality and uniform colour.
The inscription refers to Great Martyr Saint Barbara, a 3rd century patron saint of armorers, mathematicians and those who work with explosives. Kostroma, a part of the Golden Ring of ancient Russian towns, had a thriving jewelry industry in the late 19th century to early 20th century.