In her defining role as the first First Lady, Martha Washington was renowned for her stately simplicity of dress. Though she regularly partook of the creations of New York and Philadelphia's finest jewelers, she was careful to avoid the appearance of extravagance in her purchases. This ring was likely worn by her while her husband was president. Its blue enamel ground and encircling pearls enhance the brilliance of the tiny diamond at its center.

See also W-462.


Finger ring with wide, tapering gold band and circular bezel; single faceted diamond set on a blue enamel center with engine-turned ground encircled by a narrow gold band, a narrow band of white enamel, another gold band and an outer border of fifteen pearls set in gold collets.


c. 1790



Gold, diamond, pearls, enamel


Overall: 7/8 in. x 7/8 in. x 13/16 in. (2.24 cm x 2.22 cm x 2.06 cm)
Other (bezel): 9/16 in. x 9/16 in. (1.42 cm x 1.42 cm)

Credit Line

Gift of Mrs. John S. Wise & George W. Thompson, Jr., in memory of their mother, Elizabeth Ridgely Hunt Tayloe, 1980
Conservation courtesy of the Life Guard Society of Historic Mount Vernon

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Colors (Beta)

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