The classic coral "dress" ring is always elegant, never too much, never too simple.
Its popularity has endured for both men and women since the 1800's. Easy to wear and ever so easy to love, a great red coral ring never goes unnoticed. This ring looks great on and is very comfortable. Its sleek design and smooth surfaces prevent it from catching on delicate fabrics, so you can wear it with everything.
This timeless coral cabochon ring is crafted of 8K yellow gold with its origin likely Germany, The Netherlands or Belgium. We believe the coral itself to be of Dutch origin, harvested from the now depleted North Sea blood coral beds. These desirable red corals were once used in the traditional dress jewelry designs for Dutch/Flemish communities, with each having a specific style of both dress and jewelry that differentiated them from one another. These designs also incorporated signals of married or "available".
The coral cabochon is natural and not dyed, and offers up the vibrant yet warm red hue of the beloved Dutch blood coral. This variety of precious red coral is the "rarest of the reds". Think cold North Sea, and extremely slow growth which increases the coral's compacted density. Do note that these blood corals are a warmer hued variety than their Mediterranean neighbor oxblood reds.
The cabochon measures 12.7x8mm and is simply set in a raised bezel with a cascading stair stepped surround. The undergallery is open, with its softly curved design perfectly hugging the natural shape of the finger. The vibrant, earthy hue of this beautiful coral cabochon captures the essence of a fresh vine picked tomato. Always just right, its elegant gold mount makes for a perfection presentation.
The entire face of the ring measures 17.3mm tall by 13mm wide (just under 3/4" by just over 1/2") and it rises off the finger 3/8". Its smooth clean lines prevent snagging on even the most delicate fabrics. The ring shank is comprised of 4mm paddle shoulders that gradually narrow to 2.5mm at the base. The shank measures an ample size 7.5 US and its open gallery will likely be a good fit up to 7.75 US. It appears to be in its original size and can easily be resized up or down. The shank is hallmarked "333" for 8K gold. The ring weighs 2.9 grams.
The coral is natural and not treated or dyed to enhance color. Actual hue is the signature brilliant tomato red that is completely uniform, without white spots or veins presenting on the cabochon's face or back. The open gallery reveals a shallow natural fissure pocket at the back's center. The face is smooth and polished to a nice sheen with no natural fissures, pockets or tunnels nor wear/age related cracks or chips.
We estimate age to be approximately 1890-1910, but the ring is in pristine condition. Much of the Dutch coral jewelry was not worn everyday, but rather reserved for the special events and celebrations when the colorful village costumes were worn. Many rings of this age are quite small, making one of this ample 7.25 US size a marvelous find. Ready to wear upon arrival, this ring is a great part of jewelry history that can be enjoyed today and for generations to come.
It will be delivered in an elegant presentation case, perfect for gift giving and storage, along with a copy of our easy coral care instructions. But, of course, the best care you can give any natural coral jewelry is to wear it, as it thrives against the skin's natural oils.