A lookalike of Richard’s ring….


Richard III – National Portrait Gallery – You can zoom right in on this painting at https://www.npg.org.uk/collections/search/portrait/mw05304/King-Richard-III .

Is the modern ring below, found at this site , meant to be one of the three rings in the NPG portrait? See above. If so, which one? To me, the left ring and the one in the centre look about the same…. The one on the right is totally unlike the “star” ring below.

Or is the lookalike ring meant to be one of two he’s toying with in the Society of Antiquaries portrait, see close-up below. The portrait itself can be zoomed here. https://murreyandblue.files.wordpress.com/2015/01/unsmiling-richard-iii-antiquaries-portrait.jpg.

Finally, is the original ring one of those in the so-called “broken sword” portrait? See close-up below. In it he appears to be wearing two rings on the index finger of his left hand, one with a precious stone, the other thinner and plain. If you go to this link you can see his hands clearly.

So, which ring is it, ladies and gentlemen? And is it sufficiently like something Richard might have worn? It’s up to you.


  1. The ring in the Society of Antiquaries portrait is probably something he actually wore. According to John Ashdown-Hill, in his book, “The Last Days of Richard III,” this portrait was an early copy—within 20 years or so of the king’s death—of a group of portraits sent to at least two possible ladies, accompanying marriage proposals, made two or three months after his wife’s death in March 1485. His fingers on the plain gold ring is probably not twiddling, but represents his hope of putting on a new wedding ring.

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