Austria-Hungary established itself as a quality jewelry making nation during the Victorian Era alongside the Renaissance Revival. Austria was a sovereign nation by 1925, when the Art Deco period hit and they continued to craft beautifully artistic pieces, now with opulence and geometry. The movement was inspired by Cubism and the need to stray from the previous generation’s Art Nouveau. The uncovering of King Tutankhamun’s tomb, in 1922, gave way to a revival of Ancient Egyptian motifs. This ring was made around 1925 to 1930, in Austria, during the heart of this distinctively vibrant Era.
This stunning vintage Art Deco ring features a bright forest green peridot, which is beautifully faceted and weighs approximately 3.1 carats, it measures 9.5 mm in diameter and 5.6 mm in depth. This vibrant stone is set in 14 karat gold and is accented with six square cut (synthetic?) blue sapphires. The ring face is 15.8 x 20 x 6.1 mm with a band width of 1.5 mm. It weighs 4.5 grams. This masterpiece is fully hallmarked and bears the gold purity mark, ‘585’, the horse-head mark with the number ‘3’ inside, and an assay mark. This piece has been acid tested. It was made in Austria around 1929 and is a size 8.5. It may be somewhat difficult to resize due to the finish.
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Peridot is the only gemstone found in meteorites. Granted these particularly lovely, bright Spring green round-cut Peridots are most likely Earth-made, but I find it fascinating to think of all those big chunks of rock flying through the cosmos with these lovely green crystals along for the ride. Is is just coincidence that Kryptonite looks a little like Peridot? I think not.
These two bright and lively peridots play point, counter-point on either side of brightly dancing Old European cut diamond. This hand crafted ring is made in 18 karat gold; the center diamond is an old European cut and measures 5 x 5 x 3.4 mm and weighs .55 carats, the two peridots measure 3.5 x 3.5 x 2.3 mm and weigh .18 carats each, or .36 together. The ring has been re-shanked at some point in it’s long life and has lost it’s hallmarks, but is certainly English in origin and dates to about 1890-1900, it tests as 18 karat gold. This ring measures 5.8 mm north to south and 12.5 mm across the face, it sits 5.4 mm off the finger at the highest point and narrows to 1.6 mm at the back of the band. This ring is a size 7.6 and weighs 2.7 grams.
It was 1915 and the world was at war. The Great War, they called it, but it was particularly horrible and not great at all. He was destined to head for the front lines but first he had something to do. He popped into a jewelry shop on Warstone Lane, the irony wasn’t lost on him, and he picked out two simple gold bands, one for himself and one for her. He knew she didn’t need anything fancy, that she would say that all they needed was each other.
Hand crafted in 1915 in Birmingham, England, this wonderful wedding band has that velvety soft feel that only old gold can achieve. It’s a 4.7 mm wide band that is fully hallmarked with ’18’ for 18 karat gold, a crown for England, an anchor for Birmingham and the letter q for the date of 1915. This ring is a size 8 and weighs 1.3 grams.
Whenever he felt hopeless or helpless in the long days of the war, he just spun this ring on his finger and thought of his beautiful wife at home, waiting on their baby.
When I was a kid, I spent hours at my moms vanity playing with her jewelry. My Dad had an eye for design and he didn’t skimp on buying her beautiful art jewelry all through the 60s and 70s as I was growing up. She loved pieces just like this one, chunky jewels that were hand made by artists and set with brightly colored gems; hand crafted things with strong, bold lines.
This fantastic ring was made in Poland around 1960. It is set with a rich orange Amber gem in a bezel mount at its center. The smooth, oval amber measures 15.7 x 8 mm, the ring overall measures 28 mm north to south and 25.8 mm across, it sits 19.3 mm off the finger and it narrows at the back of the band to 4.1 mm wide; it is a size 8.5. This ring is marked on the back of the band with the Polish assay mark for 800 silver and with a makers mark that I think is W.A., I could not come up with who this maker is.
This fun and funky ring is so dynamic, it’s a joy to wear!
Every few visits to England I hop on a train to Bath and spend a glorious afternoon or two meandering it’s Roman streets and shopping for goodies just like this one. It’s such a fascinating and beautiful city, I like to walk its streets in the evenings, up hills and around bends, down little alleyways, finding here and there a bit of the ancient feel of centuries past. (And I’m sure to end the day at the Old Green Tree for a pint of something local!)
This wonderful and solid ring came from Bath, but it was actually made in Birmingham, during the Victorian era. The ring is set with two sparkling, round faceted, rubies and at its center a creamy half pearl. This ring bears full English hallmarks which indicate that this it was made in Birmingham in the year 1882 of 18 karat gold by the maker ‘W.S’. It’s a band motif with a twisted gold ‘rope’ at both edges and a plaque on the front where the gems are found. This ring measures 6.3 mm north to south at the front and 6.1 mm north to south at the back. This ring is a size 6 and weighs 3.5 grams.