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Queen Marie Jose's Ruby Ring

This is a late 19th-century marvel - an exquisite Burma ruby and diamond-set cluster ring, rich in both history and allure. This opulent piece features a prominent oval bezel, where a remarkable step-cut Burmese (Myanmar) ruby, weighing an impressive 8.48 carats, takes center stage. Encircling this radiant ruby is a halo of sixteen old brilliant-cut diamonds, each securely cradled by delicate claws.

This ring belonged to Queen Marie-Jose, the last queen of the united Italy. Her marriage to the Prince of Piedmont, the future Umberto II, in 1930 marked the beginning of a legacy intertwined with a passion for art and history.

The ruby's "pigeon-blood" hue harmoniously complements Queen Margherita's bequests, including a laurel leaf tiara acquired in 1867, both dating from a similar era.

Marie-José, with her royal lineage and appreciation for exquisite gems, cherished this ring. She wore it proudly during her royal duties, greeting her subjects with a hand adorned by its captivating beauty.

Ruby Ring Top View
Ruby Ring on Finger
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Albion Art Institute

Established in 1985 and currently owned by Kazumi Arikawa, the Albion Art Jewellery Institute has an extensive range of fine & antique jewelry and works of art. It has locations in Tokyo, Fukuoka, and Paris. Mr. Arikawa is regarded by many jewelry aficionados to be one of the world’s leading collectors — and one of the few who has stepped into the public eye. His personal holding of more than 800 pieces spans the history of Western jewelry, from the Mesopotamians through distinguished European royal collections to exceptional examples of the Art Nouveau and Art Deco periods and beyond.
For the Albion Art Institute, "beauty" is no longer just a decoration in the 21st century, but "the most important concept for human existence." Jewelry is meant to sublimate our life and sublimate the essence of that life. The mission of Albion Art to create a world of beauty and excitement in jewelry that transcends millennia.

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