LATE RENAISSANCE. Gold, enamel, DIAMOND CLUSTER RING WITH OPIUM COMPARTMENT. Spain?, about 1630–40. The compartment was intended to contain an opiate in some form or other. This use can be deduced from the form of the ring and its interior. The whole bezel t represents the poppy The presence of stars might indicate that a sleeping potion was the intended content. The Latin name of the opium poppy, papaver somniferum, means “sleep-bringing poppy.
This design was made in rose gold and features a .82ct pear shaped diamond. The diamond sits on a double Italian pave halo. The fork shank was also made in an Italian pave setting. The gallery features my new scroll vintage design, done in white gold. GORGEOUS!!!!!!