An estate jewelry find from the mid 1980's in excellent condition, showing very little signs of ware, is presented here for your consideration. The ring is 18 K gold with 21 pyrope garnets in an oval setting with delicate filigree work. The piece weighs 6.5 grams and is a 7.25 size.
The center stone is a faceted oval that weighs 1.6 cts. This stone is surrounded by 18 K gold filigree work, set with 20 round "star" faceted pyrope garnets that weigh 0.03 cts each. The total ct weight for this ring is 2.2 cts.
the ring setting is an 18 K oval shape that measures 8.5 mm long and 6.5 mm wide. the body of the ring setting is a fluted design that holds the 20 round garnets in place at the edge of the oval. There is the European 750 metal hallmark on the inside of the ring to indicate its 18 K gold content. There is an etched "C" also on the inside of the ring that either is a makers mark or an indication of were it was made.
The delicate filigree work that surrounds the large center garnet is reflective of the traditional craftsmanship encouraged by the Soviet rule in Czechoslovakia from 1948-1989. During that time artisan design was required to reflect the past and new approaches to the arts were discouraged. The small round stones lining the edge of the oval setting are faceted in the Czechoslovakian mine cut traditional "star" fashion. I interpret the etched "C" on the inside of the ring to indicate the piece may have been made in Czechoslovakia during the 1980's.