In 2003, Lynne bought a collection of jewelry from the Marsh family. Marsh & Co. is well known in California for their jewelry and Asian art. They are no longer in business and, as a result, pieces from their galleries and shops are highly sought after. Among the designs and styles of the jewelry for which they are well known is the collection of black, matte finished iron jewelry set with pearls, diamonds, colored stones, coral and jade.
Three of the pieces from this collection are what Marsh called "drop in" rings. These rings were designed for clients who would then order a custom ring to be 'dropped' into the black matte-finished guard ring. The ring offered here is one of three acquired in 2003.
This rectangular step cut golden sapphire just pops with life in this black and silver mounting, offering a mouth watering color of golden sun or Amber light. Weighing 0.49 carats (actual weight), the golden color of the stone is a flirty combination with the black and silver. Set in a north-south direction, it is a nice design complement with the engraved panels which are perpendicular to the sapphire. The panels, measuring approximately 13.5mm in length, are engraved with a pattern found on Marsh & Co. jewelry pieces which are completed with a decorative back.
The sterling silver which surrounds the golden sapphire presents an interesting combination of a polished frame with the textured panels; the overall design includes a polished silver band encircling the interior of the ring, (a ring within a ring.)
Truly a one-of-a-kind piece of jewelry, which blends the history and cache of Marsh & Co. jewelry with a contemporary stone and design, this ring is an exciting and unique piece of jewelry that can never be duplicated.
Measuring 11mm across the top, the ring tapers to 3 mm on the bottom of the shank. The size is 7 and the ring can not be sized. While the camera captures everything and some wear is noticeable in the images, this does not appear nearly as apparent outside the camera's lens or on the hand. Since there are two others in this collection, in different sizes, please have a look at the ruby and orange sapphire drop in rings offered in Adorn's collection.