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.
This ring was given to Cornelia De Peyster (1690-1756), who married Oliver Stephen Teller on October 12, 1712. 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of their wedding; this cluster style with enamel was popular in the 17th century, and the table cut for diamond was superceded around 1650 by the rose cut.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-cut 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
Gift of Miss Cornelia Fulton Crary, through Mrs. Arthur T. Sutcliffe
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