Sweet wee tiny antique Edwardian 10k yellow gold baby infant child heart shaped signet ring, size 1/2 (12mm inside diameter). Measures 5mm in width, band tapers to 1mm at the back of the ring shank. With pretty leaf and scroll work detail on the shoulders of the band. Hallmarked "10K" inside and maker marked "BDA". In excellent condition, circa 1910. J395
Typically the baby will wear the ring for a special occasion such as baptism or christening, and only under close supervision. Then the ring will be placed on a chain and worn by the mother as a necklace, and traditionally given back to the child once she is responsible enough to wear a necklace, usually in the early teens. Then when she grows up to have a child, the cycle is repeated.
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About the maker: *B.D.A. (Providence, RI), Budlong Docherty & Armstrong, Inc. Still operating in 1977, They made jewelry in sterling silver, gold filled, 10k and 14K gold, mixing diamonds and other genuine stones. Also prolific maker of baby and children's jewelry. A 1950s advertisement in a jewelry trade publication says "Over 100 Years".
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