Dating to c.1810-1820, I am pleased to present this magnificent Georgian gemstone and high-karat gold ring for the consideration of my Ruby Lane clientele!
Measuring a grand 1" long x 5/8" at it's widest point, this ring represents Regency-era jewelry at it's finest! This ring truly has all of the "bells and whistles," and is the sort of rarity which makes the hearts of collectors of Georgian jewelry go "pitter-pat!" This all-original beauty is wrought from 15k yellow gold (unmarked, but tested). The pear-shaped amethyst takes center stage; this vibrant violet gemstone measures 22 mm x 9 mm x 5 mm and weighs a calculated 8.72 carats!
The amethyst is collet- and claw-set in a foiled, closed-backed, convex mounting of 15k yellow gold. This gem is framed by the MOST elegant cannetille work, with spun gold rosettes, wire work and bead work from top to bottom! Gold was still in short supply during this decade due to the Napoleonic Wars, and jewelers in England and France knew how to make a little gold go a long way, and still look very sumptuous by creating these spun-gold jewels.
Nesting within the gold work are four Persian turquoise cabochons measuring 2.5 mm each, which gives this ring just the right amount of extra "pop" and color! As with the majority of rings made during the first two decades of the 19th century, the shank of the ring is a simple, polished hoop.
Best of all, this ring has always been a ring; it is not a conversion from a larger piece of jewelry! There are no signs of sizing, repairs, or replacements to be seen, and no unsightly solder! In fact, this ring is in as fine a condition as the most discerning collector could hope for, and it is just as fresh today as when it was first worn by a lady of wealth and fashion in the age of Jane Austen! JUST STUNNING!
This ring is a size 6 3/4; the plainness of the rear of the shank would allow for easy re-sizing, but I recommend only having it re-sized by laser, as the foil set behind stone cannot tolerate high heat. Simply a breathtaking example of a dazzling dress ring, this jewel looks incredibly beautiful on the hand, and will harmonize with all of your Georgian cannetille jewelry, whether gold or pinchbeck! It weighs 3.75 grams.
If you love the finest in antique rings, this gorgeous jewel belongs on your hand and in your collection! It would also make a stellar gift for any lady fond of historic gemstone rings, and will be shipped in a gift box. Do not miss this rarity; up to 60-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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