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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.
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.
Maker's Mark: "PARENTI" (Hallmark and Stamped)
Title 2 - Pair of gold earrings Accession Number 2004.14.1.1
Title Souvenir spoon - Bigelow family Accession Number 2004.14.2
Title Clear cut stone and silver pin, marked Parenti Accession Number 2004.14.3
Title Stone and silver ring, marked Parenti Accession Number 2004.14.4
Title Stone and silver bracelet, Parenti Accession Number 2004.14.5
Title 2 - Pair of earrings, Parenti Accession Number 2004.14.6.1
Title Gold, opal, diamond and pearl pin, Edward Everett Oakes Accession Number 2004.14.7
Title Gold, opal and diamond ring, Edward Everett Oakes Accession Number 2004.14.8
Title Gold, silver and amethyst ring, Edward Everett Oakes Accession Number 2004.14.9
Title Silver, sapphire and diamond ring, Edward Everett Oakes Accession Number 2004.14.10
Title Gold and silver ring, Edward Everett Oakes Accession Number 2004.14.11
Massachusetts, Osterville and Boston
7/8 (W), 11/16 (diameter) (inches)
Gift of Barbara Wriston
Massachusetts (United States)
Boston (Suffolk county, Massachusetts)