A golden cluster ring with diamonds and a miniature portrait from the seventeenth century has been acquired at TEFAF by the King Baudouin Foundation for DIVA, the museum for diamonds, jewellery and silver in Antwerp.
The ring is engraved with a portrait of a young man accompanied by an enamel figurine in the case of the ring. The interpretation of the enameled figurine is unclear but presumably refers to a secret love garden. Until now, mainly cluster rings with a round rosette, similar to the ones painted on Dutch portraits, are preserved in diverse collections. Locket rings with a miniature portrait are very rare.
The new acquisition is an important addition to DIVA´s seventeenth century jewellery collection and it will be added to the permanent exhibition later this year.