Almost from the depths of the sea, a lovely, sculpted maiden is found embracing the diameter of a pretty cultured pearl amongst the leaves and organic matter of the sea. On the other side of the pearl, a pretty diamond-set flower offers a lovely balance to the design.
Originally purchased by the single owner in 1969, it has remained in this private collection for 47 years. Rarely worn but always adored, the original light oxidation treatment designed to give dimension and interest to the mounting, is still intact. The darkened oxidation represents the underwater matter of the sea while providing definition to the form of the maiden and overall design.
The cultured pearl, measuring approximately 8mm, is a pretty, soft white. The small, transitional-cut diamond is set so the light hits the table facet of the diamond, which results in a tiny, shiny flash. The maiden is holding a leaf, on one side, and the pearl, on the other side and she is positioned with a slight profile. As her body gracefully couches the shoulder of the ring, it is highlighted from the polish of wear. It is lovely how the maiden’s hands and the leaves extend from both sides to ‘hold’ the center attraction: the pearl.
It is marked 14k and with another, yet undecipherable mark, in the shank. From the top of the pearl to the bottom of the shank, it measures approximately 26.5mm. From the outside of the flower to the outside of the maiden’s arm, it measures approximately 16mm. It is currently a size 4 ¾ (easily changed) and weighs: 6.4 grams.