Silver Ring of “Stolovat” Type with Red Inset (No9)
Weight: 5 g Size: F (British standard)
Period: early 20th century
Origin: Balkan, Adriatic Coast (Kotor)
Ring always had a special role among jewellery, since it used to be a status symbol, it had a role of a seal and it was connected to the customs regarding proposal and marriage, too. This type of ring is known as “stolovat” and it emerged in the 16th century, remaining popular into the 19th century and latter. Its name derives from the word “sto” meaning table.
At first the ring “stolovat” was assigned only to the head of a family and the host, who wore it in special occasions, like festivities when family and friends were gathered around the table. Therefore the name of the ring contains world “sto”. Hence the older variant of the “stolovat” ring was of a prominent size and it was reserved for men only. Subsequently the smaller variant was adopted too, and gradually this type of ring completely transformed in the woman jewellery.
Ring “stolovat” is distinguished by the prominent upper part always in a form of a rosette. The more luxurious Medieval examples were decorated with enamel or niello (composite of metals in characteristic black colour). From the 18th century and onward the plain silver variant was more common, and sometimes the insets of red coral or turquoise were added.
This particular ring can be dated at the first decades of the 20th century, and it was probably made by one of the jewelers from Kotor. It is a lady's ring.
It has the characteristic rosette shape and it is made in the combination of filigree and granulation techniques, in elaborated and meticulous manner. The rosette is decorated with small silver pellets – grains arranged around the edge. The central red inset is within open-back collet setting, which is enclosed by very fine, twisted silver wire forming two circles. This is a rare example of “stolovat” ring with open filigree rosette. The lower part of the rosette is also decorated by filigree technique.
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