Antique Victorian Sapphire and Diamond Ring in 18k and Silver, Hallmarked London 1878

To this day, if you walk out of the tube station at Embankment in London, you can look around and you might notice a Egyptian spire known as the London Needle. This 3500 year old obelisk stands 69 feet tall and is covered with hieroglyphic inscriptions. If you stood on this spot in 1878, you could watch as this wonder of the ancient world was erected on this spot. Dug from the sand in the Valley of Kings, this huge spire was moved to London by Giovanni Belzoni, a famed archeologist who Howard Carter called ‘one of the most remarkable men in the whole history of Egyptology’. It must have been a wonder, in the days before internet and television, for the people of Victorian London to see this wonder of the ancient Egyptian world uncovered in the heart of their city.

This fabulous sapphire and diamond ring was created in that same year. It was hand crafted in London and while not heavily or overtly Egyptian in motif, you can imagine that the artist might have walked past the needle and been a bit inspired by the motifs, the lines of the shoulders have a fluted columnar feel, the triangular lines of the gallery have a hint as well. This ring is set with five round faceted sapphires with a bright cobalt blue color and the sapphires are fully surrounded by 20 old European cut diamonds that sparkle with your every move. The five sapphires add up to .4 carats total weight and the diamonds also weigh in a .4 carats altogether. The ring is hallmarked with the marks showing it was made in London in 1878 of 18 karat gold. The ring measures 8 mm north to south and 13 mm across, it sits 4 mm off the finger and narrows to 1.7 mm at the back of the band. This ring is a size 7.5 US and could be re-sized a bit either up or down, it weighs 4.4 grams. It wasn’t possible to get a good acid test on the white metal on top of this ring, but we feel it is most likely silver.

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