Story of one ring
This wonderful historical gold ring with sharply cut smoky quartz and black enamel belonged to the Vasa dynasty, which occupied the thrones of Sweden and the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth. The ring is known as the coronation ring of King Charles IX of Sweden and supposed to have been created by goldsmiths Ruprecht Miller and Antonij Groodt in 1607.
Sigismund III left his paternal uncle Charles as regent in Sweden. In return the last one rose a rebellion and became the king. And the dream of the Polish king to unite two countries under his rule ripped away.
Sigismund III was an obstinate man and couldn’t leave the idea for the rest of his life.
Sigismund III in all his glory on a portrait of 1612 during the siege of Smolensk, one of the key episodes of the Russian-Polish war, wearing the Order of the Golden Fleece on the chain and a barely visible ring with a pointed crystal on the finger.
Charles IX’s coronation in Uppsala Cathedral in 1607 was the last time a ring was included among the regalia. Now it is preserved in the Royal Armoury in Stockholm.