Silver bells chimed melodically around me as I strolled through the streets of London. Snow peppered the ground in flakes, decorating the cobblestones with glitter and tiny white stars. It was unusually cold, and the Christmas trees were lit with colored lights, nutcracker decorations, silver tinsel, and dark red cranberries. I stopped at one of my favorite shops and the owner said she had been saving something just for me. She opened a velvet box and I saw this ring glow like a deep rich fire. I don’t typically go speechless, but it was nearing Christmas, and miracles do happen. I walked out wearing this garnet wrapped in gold, like a present for my finger.
This Edwardian garnet ring was handcrafted in Chester, England in 1901. It’s an antique ring made in 9 karat gold on a size 6.5 band. The oval faceted garnet is a deep burgundy red, measuring 11.5 x 7.7 x 4.4 mm and weighing approximately 2.46 carats. It’s supported by a buttercup setting with engraved shoulders. The ring face measures 12.5 mm north to south and 12 mm across, it sits 4.5 mm off the finger and narrows to 3.3 mm at the back of the band. This piece has been fully hallmarked as it bears the mark for Chester, the gold purity marks, “9” and “.375”, the date letter, “A”, and the maker’s mark, “S.U”.
This ring is a fabulous little bauble with a classic design, a solitaire stone, and just the right amount of mystery.
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