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I love these ethereal cannetille rings, so feminine!

 

Dating around 1820-30 and modelled in high carat gold this one is set with five faceted oval aquamarine stones, claw set in closed back foil mounts, graduating in size as they curl around the finger.

 

Georgian stones that sit in closed back flat settings so not have the depth that more modern stones have. This results in the blue colour from the aquas being much less intense. It's only under certain light that you can see the blue.

 

Jewelry that features cannetille work is often mistaken for filigree detailing, as the two have several common features. Cannetille work is adapted from a style of fabric embroidery; featuring wire and metal sheeting crafted into delicate twists. Filigree detailing is much the same, with the key difference being the forms made by each style of wire/metal work. Where filigree jewellery is a single layer that lies flat, cannetille work often takes 3 dimensional forms, such as domes, flowers, shells and scrolls.

 

There are two main types of cannetille work that can be defined by their method of fabrication. Thread cannetille is more lightweight, where the metal threads are created to be very fine, with other ornamentation such as gemstones soldered onto the piece.

 

The second category of cannetille is called plate cannetille. In this jewelry, thin plate is used in the place of the metal thread fame previously mentioned. This method of fabrication was the preferred method for making larger piece of jewellery.

 

size - 4

weighs - 2.8g

measures - 10mm at front of ring

condition - good antique condition

Late Georgian Cannetille Aqua Ring

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