Finger rings have been popular with both men and women in the Malay Peninsula since its introduction by the Europeans, who probably brought them from India. The placement and arrangement of gemstones were important design elements. Some were inlaid with precious gemstones while others were left unadorned. Local goldsmiths traditionally used two techniques - the á jour and the box setting. The former technique was usually used with flawless gems, which allowed light to pass through the setting. In box setting, which was more commonly used with flawed gems, the defects of imperfectly cut gems could be more easily concealed.

Indigenous Name
Chinchin Batu Mas
20th century
Padang Highlands, west coast Sumatra
Object size: H2.8cm
Accession No.
Collection of
Asian Civilisations Museum