This unusual old ring is a Chinese nail guard, worn by wealthy people to show that they did not do manual labor. These nail protectors were a status symbol made by the top Chinese silversmiths.
This one is silver filigree, washed with a gold vermeil. The center holds a genuine natural turquoise stone. The filigree is decorated with raised silver beads and drop shapes.
The ring size is adjustable. Though these were worn to cover fingernails, this can be worn at the base of the finger as you would any ring. The ring measures 1 1/2 inches wide (knuckle to knuckle). It weighs 7.9 grams. It fits comfortably.
Unmarked. This was acid-tested for sterling silver. Slight age-related wear to the gilt. Overall in excellent vintage condition.
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