Dating to c.1730-1750, this early Georgian Rococo ring is a magnificently-wearable survival!
Wrought from sterling-grade silver fire-gilded with high-karat yellow gold, this George II ring really has all of the "bells and whistles!" This jewel is set with the MOST impressive rose-cut garnet that this jewelry dealer, collector and scholar of 25+ years has ever seen in a ring of this date! This early Rococo delight boasts a center pyrope garnet measuring 10 mm x 11 mm x 8 mm tall, and weighing a calculated 3.81 carats!
This gem is set in a foiled and closed-backed, cut-down sterling silver mounting. To either side of this grand, glittering, wine-red gem are set two diamond-shaped rock crystals weighing approx. 15 points each. Applied leaf-motif decoration continue down the shoulders to a super-elegant, openwork shank! The convex back of the bezel is engraved with rays, as is typical with rings pre-dating 1760.
In fact, this ring is in a phenomenal state of preservation, with no damage, repairs or replacements! Miraculously, it shows no facet wear to the garnet; this ring has clearly been gently cleaned and tended since its excavation in England the 1980s, and it retains much of its original gilt surface. It is nearly as fresh today as when it was first worn by a lady of wealth and fashion over 270 years ago, and that garnet lights up the hand like the fourth of July! JUST SPECTACULAR!
The only sign of wear to this remarkable jewel is the facet wear to the two rock crystals, but the stones are intact. This is to be expected in a ring of this great age, and does not detract from it's appearance on the hand or it's inherent value. The fact that this ring is crafted from silver rather than gold is a true rarity; one can find dozens of rings of this date wrought in gold, but silver gem-set rings of the 1730s and 1740s are as rare as the proverbial hen's teeth! This ring is a size 5 1/2, and I strongly suggest that it not be re-sized except by laser due to the complex construction of the shank. This ring looks smashing on the hand, and weighs in at a sturdy 4.36 grams.
If you collect the ULTIMATE in Georgian-era jewelry, this ring belongs on your hand and in your collection! It would also make a stellar gift for any lady fond of the finest in early garnet rings, and will be shipped in a gift box. This is just the sort of ring that I would love to keep in my personal collection, but one cannot keep it all and pay the bills, so let my loss be your gain! Do not miss this exquisite ring; up to 90-day layaway is available, and USPS Priority mail shipping is FREE!
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