This desirable Arts & Crafts ring is attractively set with a pastel pink tourmaline and small, pretty blue sapphires in a perfect Arts & Crafts mounting. The prominent gold oak leaves are a central feature of arts and crafts design as are the scrolling branches which appear to emerge from behind the leaves.
Triple gold balls complete the design and one might imagine they represent the seeds of acorns or perhaps just a design detail to complement the other distinguishing features.
Although the striking Arts & Crafts oak leaf and scrolling branch markers are prominent in this ring, and it is marked twice with “18k,” it is not signed by Oakes, Hale or Rogers, the three reknowned Arts & Crafts jewelers whose work practically defines the jewelry of this period. It is unknown whether or not these jewelers ever made pieces and didn’t sign them but this is as close to their design and make as one can get without guaranteeing it is one of their studio pieces.
In the bezel, this lovely, faceted oval pink tourmaline measures approximately 9mm x 7.5mm. The small round faceted blue sapphires, also bezel set, are a beautiful touch in color and shape to the featured center stone.
North to south measures approximately 14mm; the approximate east to west measurement is 22mm, from one oak leaf to the other.
The combination of the pink tourmaline and blue sapphires set in this powerful Arts & Crafts ring creates a wonderful period piece which is soft in color yet strong in deign, impressive, interesting and very beautiful. This is a period treasure.
Marked in two places 18k, the ring weighs 6.8 grams and is currently a size 6 ¾.