Caroline's Jewelry with a Past is offering a Georgian era ring c. 1800. The ring features a closed back, oval, prong and bezel set faceted bright green foiled peridot gemstone. The foiling is in excellent condition. The stone is 7mm X 5mm and is a calculated size of 0.65 carats (prox). The stone is mounted in a repousse setting with beading. It is in a hand engraved frame adorned with curlicues. The centerpiece is 9/16" (north to south dimension) X 5/8" (east to west dimension). The size 7 shank has been replaced at some point in its lifetime. The shank is thin and unobtrusive.
The Georgian period spanned the reigns of five English kings, George I- IV and William IV, lasting from 1714 to 1837. Georgian jewelry used a number of metal working techniques, including repousse work which was produced by hammering soft metals into intricate designs. Georgian jewelers used thin foil metal sheets behind gemstones in their pieces to enhance color and sparkle. Thus the term "foiled". Foiled and closed back jewelry is a hallmark of Georgian era jewelry. These foiled pieces sparkled dramatically in candlelight.
The gold content of this piece has been tested using standard accepted testing methods, such as acid testing. The peridot (olivine) stone was tested using a standard jeweler's gemstone tester. The peridot size was calculated using a standard jeweler's caliper. The gemstone carat weight was calculated based on standard measurement practices. The stone was not removed from the piece to do physical testing or for weight.
Vivid Georgian Foiled Peridot Ring c. 1800