18th Century Spanish Flat Cut Garnet Ring

This ring was already in it’s 20s when the American Revolutionary War broke out; it was born in Spain, a country which came to the aide of the Colonists during the war. Yes, in 1776 this was a jewel in it’s heyday, worth showing off at court, it’s rich red garnets would have glowed and winked in the light of candelabras and chandeliers. I don’t know who wore it then, but it was likely given as an emblem of great love, it’s center heart* and sides are set with rich red garnets, a stone symbolic of romantic matters of the heart.

This ring was hand crafted in Spain in about 1750, it is set with seven flat cut garnets and engraved with a scrolling pattern. This ring is very old and it does have some damage and repairs to the back, I forgave it because it’s gorgeous and it is, as I say, really, really old. The ring tests as close to 14 karat gold and would fit a finger of about a size 9 US. The ring measures 16 mm north to south and 25 mm across, it sits 6 mm off the finger and narrows to 3.5 mm at the back of the band. This ring bears no marks but has been careful tested to verify gold content. It weighs 4.9 grams.

*Yes, it’s a heart, early hearts very often had no dimple at the top.

A note from Victoria: As I may have mentioned, this ring is very old. It’s really fun to wear and quite sturdy, but you should wear it somewhat sparingly I think, definitely not for gardening or pumping iron at the gym. Also, care should be taken to keep this ring dry, you’ll need to take it off to wash your hands and be careful to always put it in your pocket, that way you can’t leave it next to the sink in a Starbucks (been there!!).

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Item ID: RGA22985VA

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