Antique: Engraved Gold Buckle Ring (Hallmarked 1904)
This buckle ring, from the Edwardian period, is hand engraved in a floral pattern. It is a lovely example in a warm yellow gold, fully hallmarked (18ct, 1904).
Consider adding it to a stack of other engraved and plain gold bands. It would also make a lovely wedding band, especial because of the symbolism associated with the buckle motif.
Symbolism in Jewelry: The Meaning of the "Buckle"
The buckle motif has been popular throughout jewelry history. It was popular during the Georgian, Victorian, and Edwardian periods (the design of the buckle changing with style and time).
Victorian and Edwardian life was filled with symbolism and jewelry was no exception. A buckle symbolized fidelity in love, or loyalty in friendship through the joining of the two pieces. When the buckle wraps around a finger, like the serpent or snake, it can be interpreted as a symbol of eternal love (an unending circle or bond).
Dimensions & Details
- It is a US size 7 1/4, UK size O.
- It is 6.5 mm or 1/4 inch in height.
- The ring weighs 5 grams.
Period & Hallmarks
- Hallmarks for Chester, 18ct, 1904, and maker's mark: S. L & SLD (S Lesser & Sons Ltd).
- The ring is in good antique condition with general wear and surface scratches that one would expect in a piece of this age. The engraving is worn, see pictures for details.
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