Antique: Pearl and Diamond Ring in 18 Ct Gold
This is a bright and lustrous pearl and diamond ring from the late 19th c./early 20th c. The three half pearls or split pearls are natural (not lab tested, but from the period of time prior to the commercial practice of pearl culturing). They have a lovely a luster and a nice creamy color. The alternating diamonds are European cut with a bright sparkle.
It's always fun to discover that a piece of jewelry was also love token. This one has a pair of initials inscribed inside the band. In fact, the pearl half hoop ring (what we now call an anniversary band) was a popular choice for a betrothal ring during the last part of the 19th c. What we more commonly think of as engagement rings, diamond solitaires, started to emerge during 1890's, gaining in popularity during the 20th c.
Strangely enough what we love today, was also fashionable during the Victorian period: wearing a ring on every finger and/or stacking multiple rings on one finger. Create a "statement stack" by piling on the pearl and diamond stacking rings. Group several half-hoop pearl and diamond rings together, varying the size of the gems.
Dimensions & Details
- The pearls are thought to be natural as they appear to be original to the ring. The ring dates prior to the time when cultured pearls were commercially introduced into the market (circa 1920).
- The ring is 18 Ct gold (tested).
- Ring size US 7 1/2 UK 01/2, easily sized within reason.
Period & Hallmarks
- Late Victorian, early Edwardian
- Unmarked, but tests as 18 Ct gold.
- Engraved on the inside band: two sets of initials, worn, not legible.
- Partial maker's mark, worn.
- The ring is in good antique condition with some general wear that one would expect in a piece of this age.
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