Two love birds snuggling on a branch grace the shoulders of this wonderful Art Deco ring.
Fully hand crafted in sterling silver, this lovely ring is set with a smooth cabochon of black onyx. The onyx measures 16 mm across and 10.7 mm north to south and is 3.8 mm deep. The ring face overall measures 19 mm across and 13.8 mm north to south and sits 7 mm off the finger. This ring is a size 6 US and could be resized somewhat to suit. The ring weighs 3.5 grams.
This sweet and lovely ring would make an exquisite gift for your love bird!
It was in the autumn when he knocked on her front door. The leaves had just begun to change and the air was crisp, bright, and cool. Typically, he would just walk in, as they had been dating for nearly a year. She cautiously opened the door, and saw him dressed to the nines with a bouquet of lilies in his hand. She smiled at the surprise, excited to see so many of her favorite flower. He led her around to the woods on the side of her house. Hanging on a red ribbon from a low branch of a maple tree was a ring, as beautiful and cheerful as the season, tied to the end with a bow.
Three pidgeon blood red rubies are the stars of this goreous Edwardian ring. This English rose is set with three untreated Burmese rubies, the center stone measures 5.8 x 5.2 x 3.5 mm and weighs approximately .8 carats, the other two rubies measure 4.5 x 3.8 x 2.4 and weigh approximately .32 carats each. The total weight of the rubies is approximately 1.45 carats. Set in between the rubies are four old European cut diamonds of 2 mm diameter which weigh approximately .2 carats total. The stones are set into a lovely 18 karat gold ring which is fully hallmarked and was hand crafted in Birmingham, England in 1904, it also bears the makers mark 'A&Co' for famed English maker Asprey and Company. The ring is a size 7.5 US and could be resized slightly.The face of this ring is 6.5 x 18.6 x 5.4 mm. This ring weighs 3.8 grams.
This perfect ring will be the ring she brags about forever, whether for a unique engagement ring, or a surprise just-because gift.
Daisies were her favorite, the common kind that grew with white petals and a sunshine yellow center. She always had a vase full of these happy plants. She wore a crown of them around her blonde hair in the spring to match the reviving nature of the season. And on her finger was a ring, that she wore year-round, because silver never wilts, and daisies should always be seen.
This vintage Art Deco silver Dutch ring was handcrafted around 1930. It bears a daisy motif on a rectangular face. It is a size 6.5 and weighs 11 grams. It is hallmarked with Dutch marks and a maker’s mark that reads, ‘TCB’. The face is 23.6 x 14.3 x 6.8 mm.
The word ‘daisy’ stems from an Old English word that meant ‘day’s eye’ because this flower only opens during the day.
Precious opals are known for their diffraction of light, called ‘play of color’, in which rainbow colors shine from inside the stone like a kaleidoscope of firelight. This pink precious opal does just that in a mesmerizing fashion.
Opals have been used in jewelry as far back as 4000 BC, in Kenya. They were worn in Ancient Rome and considered to hold all the power of every gemstone because of the opal’s magical play of every color. The Romans called this stone, ‘opalus’, which means ‘stone of several elements’. In 75 AD, the Roman scholar Pliny took note, “Some opali carry such a play within them that they equal the deepest and richest colors of painters. Others simulate the flaming fire of burning sulfur and even the bright blaze of burning oil.”
This pink precious opal ring was handcrafted during the Arts and Crafts movement in the Edwardian Era, around 1910. This piece is European, likely Belgian. The pink opal is oval and an ellipsoid or double cabochon. It measures 11 x 8 x 5.9 mm. It is set in 18 karat gold on a size 8 band. This ring weighs 4.2 grams. It is hallmarked with the gold purity mark, ‘18CT’. The ring face measures 11.5 x 9.3 x 6.2 mm off the finger with a band width of 2.4 mm.
Most of the world’s opals are found in Australia. There is an Aboriginal legend that says opals came from where the Creator touched his feet to the ground as he descended from the heavens on a rainbow.
The art form of reverse intaglio on crystal, sometimes called Essex Crystal, began in Europe, possibly in Belgium. The difference between reverse carving and intaglio is that an intaglio piece is carved into the front rather than the back of the surface. It is said that Thomas Cook first introduced this intricate process to England during the 1860s. His finished crystals were initially sold by Hancock’s in London. So why weren’t they called “Cook crystals” or “Hancock crystals”? Well, it so happened that a very popular artist named William Essex, who specialized in enamel miniatures, was assumed to have produced them because of the fineness of the workmanship. Essex was one of Queen Victoria’s favorite portrait artists and so it was probably just assumed that such beautiful work must be his. The mistaken attribution stuck!
This Victorian Essex Crystal ring was handcrafted in England around 1870. It features an adorable fox motif on a round cabochon cut crystal set in 9 karat gold. The crystal measures 14 mm in diameter and is 6.1 mm in depth, and has a Mother of Pearl backing. The intaglio work was done around 1870, probably it was originally made as a stick pin, and the mounting onto the ring was done later, with a wonderful amount of skill. The face is 16 x 16 x 9.0 mm off the finger, with a band width of 2.3 mm. This ring is a size 5.5 and weighs 4.3 grams. It is hallmarked with the gold purity mark, ‘9CT’ and the number, ‘2’.
Most Essex crystal designs fall into one of four categories: animals, birds, flowers, and nautical themes. Within the animal genre the most popular subjects were horses, dogs, and foxes!