Dating to 1753, this English high-karat gold and garnet memorial ring is proof that some marriages are made in Heaven!
Measuring 9 mm x 6 mm across the bezel and 3 mm wide, this ring was originally wrought as a mourning jewel, and shows evidence of having been lovingly treasured for 262 years. The black enamel has all but worn away, but one can just make out the date of 1753, and the bezel has been re-set with a vibrant red pyrope garnet, but this ring still has another 260 years of careful wear left, and makes a lovely right-hand ring for any lady fond of early jewelry!
What attracted me to this ring despite its wear is its fantastic Rococo shank; this is a feature seen almost exclusively in mourning rings dating from c.1740-1760, and takes the form of sculpted scrolls. The bezel, once likely set with a hair crystal, now holds the wine-red garnet cabochon you see here, which weighs approx. 3/4 carat. It is clear that this jewel has been treasured over the past two and a half centuries, as a former owner even went so far as to line the inside of the ring with an inner shank! The reverse of the bezel displays the engraved rays associated with mid-Georgian rings, and whomever set the garnet did an excellent job of conversion, leaving no trace of solder!
This ring is unmarked, but tests to 18k gold. It is a size 7 1/2, and should not be resized due to the complex construction of the shank. Simply a lovely and rare example of 18th-century jewelry, this ring is oh-so-wearable, and I have taken its condition into consideration when setting my price. This is a substantial jewel, weighing in at 4.66 grams, and it boasts a rich bloom which only 262+ years can impart!
If you collect the best in Georgian jewelry, this ring now celebrates life rather than death, and will make a stellar addition to your collection! It would also make a fine gift for any lady fond of early jewelry, and will be shipped in a gift box. Do not miss this elegant, one-of-a-kind example; it is priced for quick sale, up to 30-day layaway is available, and USPS Priority mail shipping is FREE!
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