A superb Edwardian-era pearl and diamond ring by the esteemed American jewelry company Marcus & Co, which in its day, rivaled the likes of Tiffany and Cartier. This fabulous ring is an example of the finest, handcrafted work of Marcus & Co, featuring bezel-set and bead-set Old European cut diamonds, set in platinum-topped gold, depicting a floral motif, and interspersed with five pearls -- untested but most likely natural due to the age of the ring. The ring is certainly Edwardian, but with echoes of the flowing, Art Nouveau style for which Marcus & Co. is justly renowned. Adding to the delightful design, the top-most pearl possesses a slightly pinkish color, in contrast to the four whitish cream pearls, sitting like a tiny pink flower at the very top of the setting. Fine examples of the jewelry by Marcus & Co, which ceased operations in the 1940s, are much sought-after and hard to come by. This wonderful ring is a unique and important piece of American jewelry history.
From tip to tip, the elongated setting measures approximately 7/8" by 1/2". Made of 14kt gold topped with platinum, it is set with 13 bright, lively Old European cut diamonds, the largest of which is about 0.06ct. Interspersed are five lustrous pearls, in the 4.0 - 4.5mm range. Total weight of the ring is 5.6 grams. The maker's mark "M & Co." is inscribed inside the shank. The ring is not hallmarked but tests as 14kt gold and platinum. The ring is size 4.5, but can be easily resized a few sizes. There is evidence of an earlier resizing in the shank. It is in excellent condition.
This gorgeous and unique ring will arrive in a fine quality presentation box.
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