Arts & Crafts Bernard Instone Silver Carnelian Ring

Bernard Instone was a designer and silversmith from Birmingham, England who had a large influence in the later British Arts and Crafts movement. He was born in 1891 and passed in 1987. He was highly regarded and his works remain as sought-after collectables today. He was strongly influenced by nature, like in this floral-inspired piece. His designs can be split into two categories – pieces with enamel, and pieces without. This carnelian ring belongs to the latter. He often used semi-precious stones, favoring citrines, carnelian and amethysts. His work included beautiful silver displays of leaves, flowers, intricate mounts, scrolls, and foliage.

This antique Bernard Instone carnelian ring was handcrafted in England around 1910. A round cabochon carnelian sits at the center of a scrolling floral setting on a ring face that measures 16.2 x 16.8 x 6.5 mm off the finger. This ring is a size 7 and it weighs 2.9 grams. It bears the mark, “STERLING SILVER”.

At just 12 years of age, Instone won a scholarship to the Birmingham School of Jewellery where he studied under Arthur Gaskin, learning silversmithing and jewelry making, excelling at everything he did. After school, he went on to work with Paul Cooper, he studied in Berlin with Emil Lettre, and by 1913 he was teaching at Vittoria Street. In 1920, he set up his own works called Langstone Silver Works. He also created pieces for other jewelers such as Sibyl Dunlop using her hallmark. Instone typically didn’t sign his own work but his pieces are easily recognizable. Liberty & Co was finally able to work with him by the 1940s after putting in 25 years trying to convince him.

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Item ID: RG1117293V

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