Antique Victorian Ruby Solitaire Engagement Ring in 18k Gold

I was enchanted by her rings.  There didn’t seem to be any rhyme or reason to them and she wore them on every finger and both thumbs.  I couldn’t tell how many in all, but surely at least 20, as many fingers bore two or even three.  On one finger she seemed to have a stack of 5 or 6. She wore this one on the middle finger of her right hand, above the knuckle.  She laid both hands on either side of her glass of red wine and let me pick directly from this cornucopia of gorgeous jewels. I chose this one first. Buying jewelry in a pub before a glowing fire on a cold winter night puts one in mood for something warm, and something quintessentially English, this ring is both.

A winking half carat cushion cut ruby is the glowing heart of this beautifully hand crafted ring. The graver setting and engraved gold work are all wonderfully done; the shoulders form scrolls which turn to delicately detailed engraving that reaches all the way around the band.  It’s lost it’s full set of hallmarks to time and probably re-sizing, but it still bears the English crown mark and part of a makers mark.  The gold has been acid tested and is 18 karat.  The ring is a size 8 and could be carefully re-sized.  The oval face of this ring measures 12.5 mm north to south and 11.1 mm across, it sits 3.3 mm off the finger and narrows to 2 mm wide at the back of the band.  It was surely hand crafted in England during the Victorian era, probably around 1880. It weighs 4 grams.

Glowing like an English rose, this wonderful ruby solitaire would make an excellent engagement ring for a lady looking for something other than a diamond.

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Item ID: RG0215046V

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