Dating to c.1660-1670, I am thrilled to present this important Restoration-era Scottish wedding ring for the consideration of my Ruby Lane clientele!
Measuring 6.15 mm wide, this magnificent Scottish jewel just glows after over 350 years! Wrought from 22k gold, this exquisite jewel was likely made as a wedding ring, although it can be used as a decorative ring by a 21st-century lady or gentleman! Rarely do rings of the 17th-century survive as well as this example, and best of all, it is in 100% intact, highly-wearable condition! Moreover, this ring's Scottish provenance is the icing on the proverbial cake!
This classically-gorgeous ring boasts hand-engraved scrolls reminiscent of ocean waves, which may have once been filled with enamel, but I see no traces under my microscope. It also has lovely incised lines above and below, which give even more texture and grace to this already-impressive ring. The ring bears the maker's mark "I.L." for John Lawe of Glasgow, who was registered as a goldsmith in the 1650s. An identical maker's mark to the one on this ring has been found on gold plate dating to 1661, and the mark is listed in the volume "Jackson's Gold Hallmarks." Before the Restoration of King Charles II, rings of this richness were frowned upon by Cromwellian law, and it was not until 1660 that gold rings of this substantial weight were again sold in The United Kingdom.
Weighing in at a substantial 5.96 grams, this ring is in as fine a condition as the MOST discerning collector could hope for; it is completely in the round, and has no damage or repairs after three and a half centuries! It is a size 7, and CANNOT be re-sized, as to do so would harm the integrity of this all-original ring, and lower it's value considerably. This is a sturdy ring which is nearly as fresh as the day John Lawe crafted it, and is suitable for regular wear, but as with all Stuart-era jewelry, one should wear it with the respect that a high-karat gold ring of this great age deserves. Suitable for wear by a lady or a gentleman, today, this jewel would make a smashing and historic wedding ring, or an equally-impressive right hand ring!
If you collect the ULTIMATE in early Scottish jewelry, this ring belongs on your hand and in your collection! It would also make a stellar gift for anyone who loves Scottish and Stuart history, and will be shipped in a gift box. As with all of my jewelry pre-dating 1700, this ring will be sold with a COA and valuation for your insurance purposes at no extra charge. Do not miss this important Stuart jewel; up to 90-day layaway is available, ad USPS Priority mail shipping is FREE!
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