During medieval times, stones set into rings often had special significance or were worn for their properties of protection. Hildegard Von Bingen (1098 – 17 September 1179) wrote in the 12th century on the powers and benefits of gemstones with emerald being the embodiment of her concept of viriditas, a word she coined by combining two Latin words green and truth. She believed viriditas embodied God’s power to renew and refresh through nature—the greening of the human spirit.
Dimensions: US ring size 8 1/2 UK=Q 3/4, DE=18 1/2, CH=17 3/4
Provenance:Private British collection formed in the 1990s.
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