This Edwardian style reproduction illustrates just one of a multitude of ring designs on the market today that are often misrepresented as period pieces. Incorrect identification of these types of jewelry items can occur innocently, because the seller did not or could not recognize its modern attributes and in truth thought it to be old. But an innocent, incorrect identification does not prevent a buyer from perhaps spending additional funds to buy an aged item and getting, instead, a new reproduction they could have purchased more cheaply through retail sources. Many retail venues are available who specialize in reproductions or copies of period pieces. Reputable firms clearly mark their reproduction items in ways that make it clear no deception by them is intended, only homage to the past. But these marks may not be clearly shown in an on-line listing for items advertised with period terms and the suggestion they came from an 'estate.' This ring is stamped "14K" and also is stamped with the maker's hallmark of an "M" within a shield, but as can be seen in this listing, that modern maker's mark is not clearly illustrated. It can only be seen that some kind of mark is present.
If a buyer is happy to have a reproduction item for regular wear, that is fine. But no one should be sold a new item disguised as 'period' or 'antique' through misapplied lingo. To help identify new pieces look for sloppy filigree or not very well finished pierced work. Keep in mind that cheaply manufactured reproductions and fakes are being produced quickly in high volume and they may have a sharpness to them due to the haste of their production. Besides being uncomfortable to wear the poor quality of some new creations can also make them more likely to break and soon be in need of repair.
Attention to detail and fineness of design elements should be expected for an authentic example. Metals used and cuts of stone should also be expected to be 'right' for the period suggested. For instance, this item is described in the title as both Edwardian and white gold. Most authorities date the first commercial use of white gold to 1911 or 1917, an item made of white gold then could not accurately be described as Edwardian Era because that period terminated in 1910 when the reign of Queen Victoria's son, King Edward VII of England, ended.
Generally some evidence of light wear should be expected on jewelry described as antique or an early period piece but do not confuse the lack of detail in some modern reproductions with signs of wear on older pieces. New reproductions may also be made out of worn original dies, or from molds made from authentically worn older pieces, too, so sometimes it can be hard to tell the difference between actual wear and the false appearance of wear. Wear can be an important clue if you know what to look for. Even if a piece were only worn for special occasions a few times over the years that it will show some evidence of wear is almost invariable going to be true and it is the reason light wear on good old jewelry is generally considered acceptable. Because it is evidence that a piece was treasured and worn to witness the human events of its times.
This ring is prong set with an oval shaped 3.10 carat Peridot gemstone, 10 mm X 8.3 mm, and the ring shank measures 2/3 of an inch wide.
Illustrations and Characteristics for Help in Identifying Many Confusing New Items
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