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1930.174 (RS7217)


Gold ring set with an oval micromosaic of a beetle surrounded by a gold twist rope border.


Location of origin
Possibly Rome, Italy
Object type
Descriptive terms
finger rings
rings (jewelry)
3/8 (H), 11/16 (diameter) (inches)
Accession Number
Exhibition Notes
"Hidden Treasures from Elegant Eras," Historic Jewelry from the Collections of the Society for the Preservation of New England Antiquities presented by Shreve, Crump & Low, September 15 - November 30, 1995.
Reference Notes
For more information on mosaic jewelry, see: Becker, Vivienne, "Antique and 20th Century Jewellery," (1989): 155-166; Bury, Shirley, "Jewellery, 1789-1910," (1991): 232-237; Fales, Martha Gandy, "Jewelry in America, 1600-1900," (1995): 239-245; Gere, Charlotte, "American & European Jewelry, 1830-1914," (1975): 126-128; Phillips, Clare, "Jewels and Jewelry," (2000): 74-75. For history of the Mason family see Winthrop, Robert C., Jr. "Memoir of Robert Means Mason," Proceedings of the Massachusetts Historical Society. XVIII, 1881, 302-317 and Carlisle, Nancy, "Cherished Possessions: A New England Legacy," (2003).
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Title Gold brooch Accession number 1930.162
Title Mother of pearl locket Accession number 1930.163
Title Hair bracelet Accession number 1930.165
Title Pair of ivory brooches Accession number 1930.168
Title Coral pendant Accession number 1930.169
Title Coral bracelet Accession number 1930.170
Title Hair brooch Accession number 1930.171
Title Cross brooch Accession number 1930.172
Title Gold ring Accession number 1930.173
Title Gold ring Accession number 1930.174
Title Gold ring Accession number 1930.175
Title Silver pendant Accession number 1930.176
Title Cameo bracelet Accession number 1930.177
Title Cameo pin Accession number 1930.178
Title Cameo earrings Accession number 1930.179
Title Photograph of Mrs. Robert Means Mason (donated by Miss Clara B. Winthrop) Accession number 1930.1188
Accession number Identical but smaller brooch 1981.31