Large Antique Arts & Crafts Moonstone and Citrine Ring in 14k Gold

     I was shopping at Newark, which bills itself as 'England Largest Antiques Fair,' when I came across this stunningly beautiful Arts and Crafts ring. I had just begun my day and starting out by visiting a dealer that I know quite well and wanted to buy from first. I picked out a few things, but my eye kept going back to this ring, to the rich blue moonstones and sparkling warm citrine. I'd only brought a limited amount of cash along, so I was avoiding buying any bigger ticket items in order to stretch my pounds out a bit, but love just can't be stopped, and my brain was singing a little love song to this ring.  

     Susan, the dealer, pulled it out for me, insisting that I at least try it on, I slipped it on and the moonstones just came alive, oh, how I did not want to take it off. Sadly, trying to conserve my budget, I left it behind and walked away to see what other treasures I might find.  Here's the thing, though, I couldn't see anything else, I just kept thinking about this ring, so back I went, cutting the walk down from twenty minutes to ten by cutting across the rain soaked fields, hoping against hope that my ring would still be there. When I arrived Susan had just stepped out for a drink and a neighbor was watching her case. I didn't see the ring, it wasn't where it had been, as I scoured the case, I kicked myself mentally for passing it up the first time.  Just then the lovely Susan came back with her tea, she pulled the ring out of a closed box that had been hidden at the back of the case. "I knew you'd be back for it", she said, smiling, "I could just tell."

     What can I say? I'm a sucker for Arts and Crafts jewelry and this handmade European moonstone and citrine ring just had me at hello. I love the long length of it, the clean lines, the contrast of the smooth and creamy, soft cabochon moonstones against the sparkling faceted citrine the color of fine Whiskey.  I love the slightly amorphous shape of the moonstones, so natural and organic, and I love the strong simplicity of the 14 karat gold mounting. I suspect that this ring was made in Germany right around the turn of the century, circa 1900, they had a very strong Arts and Crafts movement there after the unification in 1871, and they often used 14 karat gold in their jewelry.  

     One of the moonstones measures 11.6 x 10.2 x 5.1 mm, and weighs approximately 4.4 carats, the other one measures 12.1 x 10.2 x 4.8 mm, and weighs approximately 4.3 carats. The citrine measures 11.6 x 8.7 x 5.8 mm and weighs approximately 3.3 carats. Overall the ring is 35.4 mm north to south, 15.1 mm across and sits 6.9 mm off the finger. It is a size 8 and could easily be resized to suit the wearer. It weighs 10.4 grams. It is unmarked, which is fairly typical of Arts and Crafts pieces, and has been carefully acid tested to verify the gold content of 14 karat.

     This is a truly stunning ring, a one of kind piece of art that promises to get noticed again and again and again!

     I offer layaway on most items purchased for full retail price. In general my layaway terms are 1/3 down and 1/3 in 30 days and the last 1/3 in 60 days. I am flexible so if you are interested please ask me and we can work out a payment plan that suits you. Items ship when payment is complete and items purchased or payments made on layaway are eligible for store credit only.

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SKU: RG0214288V




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