Dating to c.1830, this is a truly wonderful example of a late-Georgian sentimental jewel that has made it into the 21st-century in wonderfully-wearable condition!
Measuring a grand 7/8" long x 3/4" wide across the bezel, this ring is head and shoulders above most I have seen of this date, and its almost tailored style gives it a timeless air! The bezel of this jewel is set with a swatch of brown hair beneath its original optical crystal. Surrounding the hair is a border of crimped gold leaf; quite unusual, and a detail which really sets off this romantic souvenir. The hair token is bordered with a halo of 24 natural, creamy white seed pearls; all of the pearls are original to the ring, and all are perfectly matched for color!
The bezel is framed in a delightful rose-gold setting with a basket weave motif, and, as with most jewelry of the 1820s and 1830s, is closed at the back. The shank is yellow gold, and is also original to the ring. The gold is unmarked, but tests to 12k (holds strong at 10k; fades slowly at 14k). This ring is a size 5 1/4, and appears to never have been re-sized, but it could easily be done for a good bench jeweler at little cost. The effect is nothing short of wonderful; this is a stately jewel, but does not overwhelm. Weighing in at 6.15 grams, this is a substantial ring that has made through over 185 years in as fine a condition as the most discerning collector could hope for!
If you collect the best in Georgian-era sentimental jewelry, this Continental beauty belongs on your hand and in your collection! It would also make a thoughtful gift for any lady who cherishes fine sentimental jewelry, and will be shipped in a gift box. Do not miss this one-of-a-kind example; up to 45-day layaway is available, and USPS Priority mail shipping is FREE!
Your Specialists in Fine Jewelry and Decorative Arts from Antiquity - 1900. Est. 1987.
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