Label

Throughout the 1760s and 1770s Martha Washington amassed a large set of garnet jewelry for herself and her daughter, Martha Parke Custis. Miss Custis' first purchase consisted of "1 pr Garnet Earrings […] 1 Garnet Hoop Ring […] 1 Garnet Necklace" from London jeweler Benjamin Gurdon & Son in 1764. Although the earrings are no longer associated with the set, this ring and a matching necklace survive.

See also necklace, W-2687/A.

Description

Circular finger ring made from graduated almandite garnets set in gold-washed silver. Each gem is backed in foil in a closed setting.

Date

1764


People


Geography


Material/Technique

Silver, gold, garnet


Dimensions

Overall: 3/16 in. x 3/4 in. (0.48 cm x 1.91 cm)


Credit Line

Gift of Mrs. Walter Gibson Peter, Jr. in memory of Agnes Peter Mott, 1975


Object Number

W-2687/B


Colors (Beta)


Mount Vernon's object research is ongoing and information about this object is subject to change. For information on image use and reproductions, click here.
Buy Tickets What to Do Calendar Shop Restaurant Support Membership
Estate Hours

9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

iconDirections & Parking
buy tickets online & save