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Gold Ring


Gold Ring

Bargrave provides a long and detailed description of this ring and the circumstances in which he obtained it. He says that this was "A gold ring, with the cutt of an ancient Graecian head on a garnet stone set in it. Anno 1650, being the year of the jubilee, I had the honour to conduct the Earl of Chesterfield, Philip Lord Stanhop, into Italy; and at Rome he presented me with this stone, telling me that it was sold him not only for a Graecian head, but for Aristotle's. I sett it in gold at Rome, as the jeweller advised me, in that transparent posture as it now hath, that so, the stone being pelluced [tanslucent], the head is much the plainer to be seen both ways. The side next to the finger will soil, and must sometimes be cleaned. The cutt is certainly a very very ancient 'intaglia'."

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