Rose Quartz and Sapphire Ring
Embedded between silver granulation carefully applied, a large rose quartz is the star of this Austronesian ring. Its delicate transparency reflects the light from all angles while its mineral inclusions create a soft cloudiness. An oval sapphire completes the heart shape at the bottom end, giving this piece its fascinating appearance and radiance. 3,3 by 4,2 centimetres is its width at the top. It constitutes an eye-catching ornament with intricate silver work.
Among Austronesian ethnics, beliefs associated with the human body and the soul have been closely tied to the use of body ornamentation and jewellery. Even though the materials and techniques have changed over time, the belief in the symbolic and magical powers of forms and motifs has remained.