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IMPORTANT Federal American Hair Locket/10k Lover's Ring w/Blue & White Enamel, c.1800!
Dating to c.1795-1805, this beautiful sentimental jewel boasts a grand history as well as an American address!
Measuring 3/4" in diameter across the bezel, this is easily one of the rarest rings I have acquired this year! This magnificent survival is highly desirable for its near-pristine condition, wearability, and incredible rarity! Crafted from 10k yellow gold, this beautiful jewel boasts a tightly-woven hair token beneath its original optical crystal. The hair is a gorgeous shade of light ash blonde, and is bezeled in a closed-backed mounting. Bordering this hair locket is a triumph of early enamel work with deep blue guilloche rays against an opaque light blue ground, and a narrow white enamel border.
The edge of the bezel boasts the stipple work so often found on Federal American rings of the late 18th century, and the fact that it tests to 10k gold and not to 9k is indicative of an American origin (gold unmarked but tested). This is clearly not a mourning ring, but a love token; the color blue signifies loyalty and white, innocence, so this jewel was almost certainly given to a gentleman by his lady love over 215 years ago! JUST SUPERB!
Like most rings of this decade, the shoulders are forked, joining at the back to form a simple, double shank. The bezel is slightly curved so as to comfortably hug the finger. Best of all, this ring has made it into the 21st-century in as pristine a condition as the most discerning collector could hope for! It appears practically unworn, with no damage to the crystal, contents, enamel, or mounting! There is a very small file mark to the rear of the bezel where the gold was "tested," likely soon after the ring was made. It does not penetrate through the gold, and is the only sign of any sort of wear.
This ring is a size 6 3/4, and should not be re-sized due to the construction of the shank. This Neoclassical style of ring was in high fashion for both ladies and gentlemen during this era, and today, it makes a fabulously-wearable right-hand ring for a lady or a dashing pinky ring for a gentleman! This ring has not been cleaned, and boasts a rich age patina to the gold which only two centuries can impart!
Weighing in at 3.67 grams, this American treasure would make a thrilling acquisition for any lady or gentleman fond of the rarest in antique jewelry! I have never seen one as fresh as this, and the three colors of enamel are oh-so-special! If you collect the finest in Federal American or Georgian-era jewelry, this ring belongs on your hand and in your collection! It would also make a stellar gift for anyone who collects the best in early sentimental jewelry, and will be shipped in a gift box. Do not miss this historic ring; up to 60-day layaway is available and USPS Priority mail shipping is FREE!
Gender: Unisex, Age Group: Adult, Color: see info, Size: 6 3/4
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Jacquelyn Babush, Decatur, GA
Your Specialists in Fine Jewelry and Decorative Arts from Antiquity - 1900. Est. 1987.
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