Rare Russian Enamel and Diamond Gold Man’s Ring, period of Nicholas I, 1855
Set with an old-mine-cut diamond surrounded by eight smaller full cut diamonds on silver, the gold ring enhanced with cobalt blue enamel scrolls and raised gold shell and foliate motifs typical of Russian jewelry from this early period.
Stamped 56, 1855, maker’s mark Cyrillic GO.
Size 10 5/8
The era of the Russian Emperor Nicholas (1825-55), himself a great patron of the arts, brought with it a renewed interest in historicism and naturalism. Craftsmen did not necessarily strive for strict verisimilitude with Europe. What was important was to capture the spirit of the age. Few jewels from this earlier Romanov era survive, even in Russia.