This extraordinary antique ring boasts a beautiful arrangement of half-seed freshwater pearls and an exquisite, bright green emerald at its center.
The ring is cast in lovely 9 karat gold; we can be assured of this due to maker's mark on the interior of the ring reading "9" and ".375" (or, containing 37.5% pure gold).
A number of other marks are visible on the band including the manufacturer's mark, a small anchor (indicating the Birmingham assay office).
The date letter mark is pretty sloppy, but with really close inspection it shows an "S" in an oval, and then that is surrounded by a modified square with the slanted corners. The oval S corresponds to 1867. We think the marker must have been drinking.
The setting is frequently referred to as a gypsy or "star"-setting; it is typically characterized by stones being flush with their surrounding metal.
Each shank is simply carved, offering a bold embellishment to the six half-seed pearls and gorgeous round-cut emerald.
Exhibiting only minor flea-bite scratching and minor wear, this exceptional antique ring remains in fantastic condition.
The emerald is clear and bright and has an open back setting allowing for more light to shine through the stone.
This is very pretty on the hand. Care would have to be taken to have it resized because of the placement of the hallmarks.
Measurements: Size: 5 ¾ Emerald: 2mm in diameter, Pearls: 1mm in diameter Face: 6 ½mm wide Band: 4mm wide Weight: 2.5 grams