Each ring contains a message. It is a jewel, a mark of distinction, a habit, a work of art and beauty to wear and display.

From this axiom did the precious exhibition the Met Museum in New York, can be visited until October 18 in the cloister.

Rare creations of a period that runs from ancient times, through the Middle Ages to the Renaissance in a small and delicate display thickness with very high historical anecdotes and stories that never cease to fascinate viewers.

A look humanist and aesthetic in an age that has best been able to combine aesthetic value, valuable and meaningful in the rings of power, and religious marriage.

With “Treasures and Talisman. Rings from the Griffin Collection “at the Metropolitan Museum of Art presents more than 60 valuable evidence (all purchased by a private collector) made mostly in Europe.

Each ring contains a world of techniques, materials and stories that represent a universe of great value and timeless charm.

Among the most beautiful examples of this rare and priceless collection:

Diamond ring natural

Gold from the Roman period, dating from the third, fourth century AD the ring is topped by a diamond used in its natural form had not yet been invented cutting techniques. It is an interesting example of his time, showing a double aspect. The first linked to the appreciation of the precious stone whose provenance was only Indian origin, the second is the clear testimony of the great and widespread trafficking of trade undertaken by the Romans.

Ring with aquamarine

Dating from the twelfth-thirteenth century, the gold ring was most likely produced in the Byzantine area and is very important for the demonstrated willingness to point out the large cushion-cut aquamarine, whose important bezel is further enriched with small pearls and gold workings granulated.

Engraved ring with sapphire
Dating back to the fourteenth century, this beautiful ring invoice Italian, holds a sapphire Persian (probably dated to the tenth century) engraved a name in Arabic ‘Abd as-Salam ibn Ahmad. ” This is an example of how there were in the Middle Ages trade very important, historically and geographically, and reuse of antiquarian material, in this case more appreciated for its preciousness. The gold mount, extremely rich, he went inside the beautiful inscription in medieval characters “For the love that I was made to love and be worn”.

Ring Skull
From England (seventeenth century) in gold with diamonds, this ring is the ostentation of the admonition “memento mori”. The micro-sculpture that opens contains within it a ruby, a clear message and clear: The love that triumphs over death.


A beautiful reproduction of the cartel nuptial, with two clasped hands to show the pact signed. All this gold ring is of English origin and likely dates back to the sixteenth century.

Ring Homonoea

A splendid example of late Roman art, dating from the third and fourth centuries. Gold all finely perforated (with inscriptions and friezes) encloses an important center stone engraved.
This small exhibition features masterpieces precious aura eternal symbols not only beauty but also prodigious examples of a high level of craftsmanship that enclose all the great skill achieved by goldsmiths in one of the most flourishing in the European jewelery. A great and good example can be taken into account in future and current collections.