Victorian Ruby Diamond Gold Ring Hallmarked 1886

It was one of those fireplace Sunday’s at the Clos Maggiore. I was reading Ann Quin by firelight, entirely enraptured as my smoked salmon was getting cold. Dusk had fallen, and I was quite surprised when she tapped my shoulder.

That ring, seems subtle for you, Victoria.

It’s all in the details, my dear.

She refilled my coffee as I turned the page, not looking up. I reached for my mug, eyes glued to the words. My ring glimmered in the soft glow of the embers. I heard her gasp in the distance and I smiled to myself. I knew that sound all too well, it’s the sound sparkling gems cause anyone with sight to make when they shimmer just right.

This Victorian gold ring features an Old European diamond at the center with four round-cut deep pink rubies on the sides, gypsy set in 15 karat gold. This antique English ring was handcrafted in Birmingham, England in 1886. The diamond weighs approximately .05 carats and the rubies measure 1.5 mm in diameter. The ring face measures 7 x 14.4. x 2.7 mm off the finger and the band width is 2.5 mm at the back. This piece is a size 6 US and weighs 1.7 grams. It has been fully hallmarked and bears the gold purity marks, “15CT” and “.625”, the anchor mark for Birmingham, and the date letter, “m” for 1886.

Gypsy set rings are a traditional late Victorian invention, meant for a man but adopted by women. This ring in particular was likely a lady’s ring, given its size. They were typically gifted as friendship bands from young girls to each other, or from husbands to their wives.

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Item ID: RGA22829VA



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