A superb quality antique Georgian 18ct gold pearl set dome band ring circa 1830, a late Regency, very early Victorian piece.
More likely than not a mourning ring it is crafted in thick buttery 18ct yellow gold in an elegant dome band style. The front is bead set with 16 split pearls in bright cut lozenge shape settings accented in lines of black enamel. The enamel decoration continues around the shoulders in a lovely carved acanthus leaf pattern. Some of her pearls - hinting at tears shed for the dearly departed - have a beautiful subtle blue lustre befitting of her intended use.
The ring isn't hallmarked and it is acid tested and verified at 18ct gold. It is hand etched behind the face with workshop letters "C/S eml"
A beautiful and unusual ring of the period. Oftentimes this style of mourning ring can be found with a little locket compartment behind the face that contains hair, this one is solid gold throughout.
The ring has been sized in the past, it is now a size O (UK) , 7-1/4 (US), a medium size and will fit our modern fingers. She is in very, very good antique condition with light surface wear as expected, the pearls are all present and correct and the enamel is pretty much intact, please see the photos.
A D-shaped comfort band completes this beauty, she is almost 200 years old so a fabulous find, these sentimental Georgian rings are becoming scarce.
MATERIALS: 18ct gold, acid tested
GEMSTONES: 16 natural pearls approx. 2mm diameter
RING SIZE: UK O, US 7-1/4 (sizing available for an additional fee)
MEASUREMENTS: 7.55mm wide at the front sloping to a 3mm band at the back. Weight 2.7 grams.
DATE: circa 1830, Georgian
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Materials: 18ct Gold, Natural Pearls.