This vintage jade ring was handcrafted in England in the 1930s. A bright green carved jade sits at the center, prong set in 9 karat white gold, on a size 8 band. The oval jade measures 15.5 x 10.8 x 2.6 mm and has a slight fracture but is stable. This piece weighs 4.6 grams. It bears the gold purity mark, “9ct GOLD”. It also bears the inscription, “A.A.B 11th Sept 1936”.
Jade evokes such a majestic mystery that every time I see a ring like this I just have to have it. I’ve been wearing it all week long and I’ve decided that it’s time to share. Blame the holiday season if you must!
Peridot is the only gemstone found in meteorites. Granted these particularly lovely, bright Spring green round-cut Peridots are most likely Earth-made, but I find it fascinating to think of all those big chunks of rock flying through the cosmos with these lovely green crystals along for the ride. Is is just coincidence that Kryptonite looks a little like Peridot? I think not.
These two bright and lively peridots play point, counter-point on either side of brightly dancing Old European cut diamond. This hand crafted ring is made in 18 karat gold; the center diamond is an old European cut and measures 5 x 5 x 3.4 mm and weighs .55 carats, the two peridots measure 3.5 x 3.5 x 2.3 mm and weigh .18 carats each, or .36 together. The ring has been re-shanked at some point in it’s long life and has lost it’s hallmarks, but is certainly English in origin and dates to about 1890-1900, it tests as 18 karat gold. This ring measures 5.8 mm north to south and 12.5 mm across the face, it sits 5.4 mm off the finger at the highest point and narrows to 1.6 mm at the back of the band. This ring is a size 7.6 and weighs 2.7 grams.
It was 1915 and the world was at war. The Great War, they called it, but it was particularly horrible and not great at all. He was destined to head for the front lines but first he had something to do. He popped into a jewelry shop on Warstone Lane, the irony wasn’t lost on him, and he picked out two simple gold bands, one for himself and one for her. He knew she didn’t need anything fancy, that she would say that all they needed was each other.
Hand crafted in 1915 in Birmingham, England, this wonderful wedding band has that velvety soft feel that only old gold can achieve. It’s a 4.7 mm wide band that is fully hallmarked with ’18’ for 18 karat gold, a crown for England, an anchor for Birmingham and the letter q for the date of 1915. This ring is a size 8 and weighs 1.3 grams.
Whenever he felt hopeless or helpless in the long days of the war, he just spun this ring on his finger and thought of his beautiful wife at home, waiting on their baby.
When I was a kid, I spent hours at my moms vanity playing with her jewelry. My Dad had an eye for design and he didn’t skimp on buying her beautiful art jewelry all through the 60s and 70s as I was growing up. She loved pieces just like this one, chunky jewels that were hand made by artists and set with brightly colored gems; hand crafted things with strong, bold lines.
This fantastic ring was made in Poland around 1960. It is set with a rich orange Amber gem in a bezel mount at its center. The smooth, oval amber measures 15.7 x 8 mm, the ring overall measures 28 mm north to south and 25.8 mm across, it sits 19.3 mm off the finger and it narrows at the back of the band to 4.1 mm wide; it is a size 8.5. This ring is marked on the back of the band with the Polish assay mark for 800 silver and with a makers mark that I think is W.A., I could not come up with who this maker is.
This fun and funky ring is so dynamic, it’s a joy to wear!
Every few visits to England I hop on a train to Bath and spend a glorious afternoon or two meandering it’s Roman streets and shopping for goodies just like this one. It’s such a fascinating and beautiful city, I like to walk its streets in the evenings, up hills and around bends, down little alleyways, finding here and there a bit of the ancient feel of centuries past. (And I’m sure to end the day at the Old Green Tree for a pint of something local!)
This wonderful and solid ring came from Bath, but it was actually made in Birmingham, during the Victorian era. The ring is set with two sparkling, round faceted, rubies and at its center a creamy half pearl. This ring bears full English hallmarks which indicate that this it was made in Birmingham in the year 1882 of 18 karat gold by the maker ‘W.S’. It’s a band motif with a twisted gold ‘rope’ at both edges and a plaque on the front where the gems are found. This ring measures 6.3 mm north to south at the front and 6.1 mm north to south at the back. This ring is a size 6 and weighs 3.5 grams.