Antique Cabochon Garnet Ring 15k Gold 1871

The word garnet originates from the Greek, ‘pyropes’, meaning “fiery-eyed”. It’s the perfect description for these glowing stones. Garnets have been in use since the Bronze Age, if not earlier. Prehistoric Egyptians used garnets as inlays in their jewelry and carvings that date as far back as 3100 BC. They claimed garnets were the symbol of life. The Ancient Romans fell in love with garnets during the 3rd and 4th century and often used them as signet rings. Bohemian garnets are a special shade of deep red. Bohemian garnets have been mined in the area we now call Czechoslovakia since the Middle Ages. By the 18th and 19th centuries, the popularity of garnets grew to their height. Bohemian garnets and their traditional dark red wine shade took over the jewelry market, including this very ring.

This antique Victorian red garnet ring was handcrafted in Birmingham, England, in 1871. It features a delicious oval garnet that has been cabochon cut, set in 15 karat gold and flanked with detailed shoulders. It’s an eye-catching ring. The garnet measures 14 x 10 mm. The ring face is 15.7 x 17.2 x 5.6 mm and the band width is 3.1 mm. This piece is fully hallmarked and bears the date letter, ‘W’, the anchor for Birmingham, the gold purity mark, ‘15’ and ‘.625’. The maker’s mark reads, ‘E L’. This ring is a size 8.25 and weighs 6.0 grams.

This truly unisex ring would be stunning on a man or a woman, not to mention it goes great with a bottle of Occhipinti Il Frappato and a chocolate truffle or two!

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