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Gold finger ring with a large bezel set with an oblong, table cut amethyst surrounded by eight small sapphires in individual collets, from Roy Ritchie's excavations at Whithorn Priory, Whithorn, Wigtownshire, 13th century
(…) Where do you open?
Where do you carry your dead? There’s no locket
for that—hinged, hanging on a chain that greens
your throat. And the dead inside you, don’t you
hear them breathing? You must have a hole
they can press their gray lips to. If you open—
when you open—will we find them folded inside?
In what shape? I mean what cut shape is made
whole by opening? I mean besides the heart.
Maggie Smith, from “Heart“
Enamelled gold mourning ring, with an openwork silver scroll edged bezel set with rose-cut diamonds and an amethyst in the form of a cross. The hoop of six scrolls inscribed in reserve on black enamel RICH: PETT.DI:23 FEB: 1765 AE 76.., meaning ''Rich (ard) Pett, died 23rd February 1765, aged 76'
Massive Dome-Shaped 24 Karat Gold Ring of Unknown Origin, C. 2000-1000 BC In the style of Mycenae. 48.4 grams, ring size 6-7
Sphalerite, Colusite ZnS,
Largest Crystal Size: 1.5 mm
Golden yellow sphalerite crystal with colusite and enargite in epitactic growth.
Italo Campostrini’s Photo
Sphalerite is named after Greek word for “mistaken”, because the mineral was often mistaken for galena, but contained no lead. Sphalerite forms clear crystals with colours ranging from pale yellow to orange and red shades, with the presence of iron it forms dark, opaque metallic crystals. Gem-quality material often has yellowish to honey brown, red to orange, or green colour. The brilliant cut best displays sphalerite’s high dispersion of 0.156 (three times as high as for diamond). Because of its softness and fragility sphalerite gems are usually used as collector’s pieces and sometomes set into pendants.
Diadem. A reproduction of an antique original found in the Crimea. Gold, floral openwork combined with pearls and beads and enriched with enamel with a row of serrated leaves along the top of the back from which spring blue berries.