There is a Christian legend that takes place in the 3rd century in a town called Silene, in Libya. A young princess was waiting alone, outside of town, to be sacrificed to a dragon. This dragon was a ferocious creature covered in green scales and threatening to destroy the town if they didn’t deliver food in the form of humans and sheep. St. George happened to be riding along on his horse that day and spotted the princess. He asked her what she was doing all by herself. As the princess explained her predicament, she told him to run away before the dragon appeared, otherwise they would both be eaten. St. George refused, and as the dragon came into view, he wounded the beast in the name of Jesus Christ. The two of them drug the meek dragon into the town and the residents looked on in curiosity and fear. In the name of God, St. George took his sword and killed the beast. The townspeople, thankful and impressed, were then baptized in the name of God. The King was so grateful he set up a church called Our Lady and Saint George, and within the church sprung up a fountain of water that miraculously healed the sick.
This Victorian silver ring was handcrafted in England around 1890. It features the image of St. George heroically slaying the dragon. The ring face measures 17.6 mm north to south, 13 mm across, and 2 mm off the finger. The band width narrows to 1.4 mm at the back. This ring bears no marks and has been acid tested. It’s a size 6.25 and it weighs 2.4 grams.
Most of what we know of St. George is myth, although he is the Patron Saint of England. His legend embodies the ideas of honor and gallantry that many Brits hold dear.
I admit to being a big fan of the Danish jewelry designer N. E. (Niels Erik) From. From lived from 1908 to 1982 and did most of his work in the 1950s when the Modern movement was sweeping through Scandinavia. I find his work to be so bright and whimsical, I admit to having a pretty substantial collection of his pieces tucked away in my own personal jewel box!
This wonderful From ring is fully wrought in sterling silver with a lovely soft matte finish. The ring measures 26.7 mm north to south and 18.4 mm across at the face and sits 8 mm off the finger, it narrows to 4.3 mm at the back of the band. This ring is hallmarked ‘From’ and ‘925S’, weighs 11.0 grams and is a size 7.25US. Made in Denmark around 1950, this mid-century beauty is guaranteed to garner lots of compliments!
The term 'Mizpah' is found in Genesis 31:49, it means 'watchtower' and is used as a blessing, meaning "May the Lord keep watch between you and me when we are away from each other". You just know that those sentimental Victorians had to use this romantic and wonderful phrase in their art and jewelry! This ring would likely have been considered a 'sweetheart ring' and would have been given by a gentleman to his lady love interest to show his intention to court her.
This charming Mizpah ring is hand crafted in 9 karat gold. It was made in England in about 1900. The ring is a size 6 US and measures 8 mm wide and 18.7 mm across the face, it weighs 5.1 grams. This unmarked ring has been carefully acid tested as 9 karat gold.
I just fell in love with this sentimental sweetheart of a ring!
There’s a whole world swirling inside an opal. Galaxies and solar systems and stars, neutrinos and cosmic rays.
This fabulous opal seems lit from within with colors of blue, green, purple and orange. Bezel set in silver with gold accents, this Arts & Crafts era ring contains a single opal which measures 7.3 x 5.3 x 2.5 mm and weighs approximately .55 carats. The face of the ring is 15.5 mm north to south and 12.1 mm across, it sits 6 mm off the finger and narrows to 1.8 mm at the back of the band and is a size 4.75 US. This ring is unmarked but tests as just below sterling silver, the gold accents are an applied wash.
Handcrafted around 1910, possibly in England, which is where I purchased this beauty.
Crafted by hand in Birmingham, England in 1900, this wonderful carved wedding band features a repeating pattern of hearts and swirls, going ever round and round for all time. Eternal, just like your love.
The fully hallmarked ring has a great weight and feel and weighs in at 4.1 grams. It is marked for 9 karat gold and has a lovely rosy hue. The ring is a size 7 and it would be difficult, but not impossible to re-size.
The Victorians were quite romantic and they viewed hearts as symbols of love and hope. This wonderful ring would make a very romantic wedding band!