The buckle was a common motif in Victorian jewelry as it symbolized eternity. The idea of one end being threaded into the other, creating a never-ending circle, was a powerful justification of its meaning. When worn, or gifted, it represented the beautiful ideas of unending love, fidelity, and strength. This wonderful piece of Victorian tradition is smothered with romantic symbolism. The buckle was popularized by Queen Victoria, and the design was carried over to the Edwardian Era. Today, it remains as a timeless motif of romance.
This classic antique English ring was handcrafted in Chester, in 1913. It bears an engraved buckle motif on a size 5.75 band wrought in 18 karat gold. This piece weighs 6.6 grams and has a band width of 8.1 mm. The ring face measures 10 x 15 x 2.7 mm. It has been fully hallmarked inside the band; it is marked with the crown for England, the gold purity mark, “18”, the wheat sheaves symbol for Chester, the letter date, “N”. The maker’s mark reads, “Cy Bs”.
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