Victorian 14k Rose Gold Ring with Diamond, Rubies, and Pearls (Item #V-victring)
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Beautiful and unusual 14k rose gold Victorian ring with diamond, rubies, and pearls, circa 1880, size 5 1/2. Measures 5/8" from top to bottom, and the band is a little over 1/8" wide. There is a small, white old European or old Mine Cut diamond in the center of a floral design. Two bezel set seed pearls plus a red square stone (probably a ruby) are on each side of the flower. Around the flower is a rope design which is more visible when the ring is viewd from the side. Shoulders of the ring are engraved only to the point where the finger touches the next finger. The ring shank is more oval than round, but this is not visible when the ring is worn, and it does not detract from the piece. The ring is not marked, but tested at 14k. The diamond tested as genuine. It has normal light wear (e.g., the tips of some of the flower petals are slightly bent), but is in excellent condition for its age. The ring is extremely well made, and is not a flimsy or delicate piece like many other Victorian rings.
This piece was made during the Late Victorian or Aesthetic period (1880 to 1901), and its design is unlike any other Victorian ring I have come across. It is more substantial, and the details are unique. This ring is pictured on page 88 of Warman's Jewelry, 3rd Edition, by Christie Romero.