Dating to c.1790-1810, this is an incredibly rare example of a sterling silver Georgian locket ring!
When I discovered this ring, I was amazed - it looks as if it has never been worn, and I assume that it has been hidden away at the bottom of a dresser drawer or a safe deposit box for generations! Recently discovered in Rhode Island, I am very pleased to be able to rescue this ring from obscurity or the melting pot, and present it for the first time for the consideration of my Ruby Lane clientele.
This ring is 100% hand-wrought, and may be American in origin. Crafted from sterling-grade silver, the box-style bezel measures just over 5/8" long x 1/2" wide x 4.5 mm thick. Although visually simple, this jewel actually is intricately constructed; the top of the bezel opens with an invisibly-pinned side hinge, and there is a compartment within, which might have held a small memento such as a lock of hair from a loved one, a pinch of snuff, a bit of perfumed wax, or dare we say. . . a dose of lethal poison?
Of course, the romanticism that has grown up around the legend of poison rings is just that - a legend. Rings such as this were rarely if ever used for nefarious purposes, but the fact remains that this ring may have held something intimate or personal for the owner which he or she wished to keep from public view. The bezel's lid still opens and closes soundly with a satisfying "click" after well over two centuries!
As with many rings of this early date, the back of the bezel is slightly curved to comfortably fit the finger. The signet-style top was never monogrammed, and could be engraved with your own initials! The shank of the ring is a simple hoop. Under high magnification, you can still see the tool marks that went into the making of this early jewel!
This ring has made it into the 21st century in as pristine a condition as the most discerning collector could hope for. The silver is as smooth and soft as silk on the hand, and the silver glows in a way that only early silver can. There are no identifying marks (as would be expected in rings of this period) but it tests to sterling. It is a tiny size 3 1/2, but the rear of the shank would allow for conservative sizing up by a good bench jeweler. It weighs 2.7 grams, and is suitable for wear by a lady or a gentleman.
This jewel makes a fabulously historic pinky ring, and deserves a home where it will be properly cherished and worn with pride! This ring will be shipped in a gift box suitable for storing or giving. If you collect the rare and unusual in Georgian jewelry, do not miss this sublime discovery; it is a true rarity priced for immediate sale, and USPS Priority shipping is FREE!
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