Antique Victorian Turquoise Diamond Ring Hallmarked 1869

Beads made from turquoise date back to 5,000 BC in Mesopotamia. It was one of the first gems to be mined and cut. Ancient Egyptians often wore off-white and would then decorate themselves with bold colored stones such as turquoise or lapis lazuli. They regarded the greenish-blue hues of turquoise as giving them powers of fertility, healing, and rebirth. Both men and women would wear turquoise as bracelets, rings, and earrings, but also on elaborate semicircular collars and on ornamental headpieces. Turquoise first arrived in Europe via Turkey, hence the name, which is French for “Turkish”.

This antique Victorian turquoise and diamond gold ring was handcrafted in Birmingham, England in 1869. It features a flower and leaf shaped face smothered in 12 turquoises with one diamond at the center, set in 9 karat gold. Each of the turquoises measure about 2.2 mm in diameter and are round en cabochon cut. The diamond is Old European cut and measures 1.35 mm in diameter. This ring is a size 6.25 and weighs 1.5 grams. The ring face measures 8.6 x 11.5 x 4.1 mm off the finger with a band width of 2 mm at the back. It has been fully hallmarked and bears the gold purity marks “9” and “.375”, the anchor mark for Birmingham, the date letter, “u”, and the maker’s mark, “R.P”.

This ring would make a fabulous birthday gift...for yourself! Treat yourself right. Wear turquoise. It holds endless possibilities of style.

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