Ring

Collection Type

  • Jewelry

Date

1950-1960

GUSN

GUSN-101441

Description

Silver ring with a central oval pale blue stone surrounded by seven round stones, each brilliant-cut and bezel-set in a rosette design. Surrounding the central stone and interspersed between each round stone are silver beads. The band is a pair of silver wires that split at each shoulder to surround a flattened disk set between them in an openwork pattern.

Details

Descriptive Terms

rings (jewelry)
silver (metal)
quartz (mineral)
Ring

Label

When they opened their first Boston gallery in 1927, Italian-born sisters Delfina Parenti and Zoe Parenti-Borghi were among the second generation of Boston women who designed and sold their own jewelry. This silver and quartz ring is typical of their modern designs. The Parenti sisters maintained their Boston gallery until 1973.
It was not until the twentieth century that women could pursue significant opportunities in the traditionally restricted fields of jewelry design and production. In Massachusetts Italian-born sisters Delfina Parenti and Zoe Parenti Borghi led the way, operating jewelry galleries in Boston, Osterville, and Gloucester where they designed and sold their wares. A 1941 Vogue article featured the "Misses Parenti," emphasizing their love of aquamarines, moonstones, and silver work in both antique and contemporary styles. The Parenti sisters maintained their Boston gallery until 1973.

Inscription

Hallmark: "STERLING"
Maker's Mark: "PARENTI" (Hallmark and Stamped)

Additional Identification Number

887

Maker

Parenti (Jeweler)

Location of Origin

Massachusetts, Osterville and Boston

Dimensions

7/8 (W), 11/16 (diameter) (inches)

Credit Line

Gift of Barbara Wriston

Accession Number

2004.14.4

Places

Massachusetts (United States)
Boston (Suffolk county, Massachusetts)

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