Ring in box
Ring in box
Gold, diamonds, enamel; cardboard, velvet
Box: 1 x 1 1/4 x 1 1/2 in. (2.5 x 3.2 x 3.8 cm) Overall: 1/2 x 7/8 in. (1.3 x 2.2 cm)
Gold cluster ring of Cornelia De Peyster set with 7 diamonds (5 table cut, 1 brilliant-cut and 1 eight-cut); shoulders are chased, remnants of black enamel on shoulder and underside of cluster; green and white cardboard box, ring compartment lined with taupe velvet.
Gift of Miss Cornelia Fulton Crary, through Mrs. Arthur T. Sutcliffe
This ring was given to Cornelia De Peyster (born 1690), who married Oliver Stephen Teller October 12, 1712 (they are the ancestors of the donor). The style of the ring suggests a date earlier than that of their wedding; this cluster style with enamel was popular in the 17th century, and the table cut for diamond was superceded around 1650 by the rose cut. The two briliant-type cut stones suggest later replacements of lost table-cuts diamonds.
Krohn, Deborah, Peter Miller, and Marybeth De Filippis, eds., "Dutch New York Between East and West: The World of Margrieta van Varick." New York: Bard Graduate Center, New-York Historical Society, New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 2009, p. 228
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.