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Rare Antique Victorian Pinchbeck & Enamel White Paste Ring. Neo-Classical Style Ring. Small Finger Antique Pinky Ring, Size i / 4-1/2
Rare Antique Victorian Pinchbeck & Enamel White Paste Ring. Neo-Classical Style Ring. Small Finger Antique Pinky Ring, Size i / 4-1/2
Rare Antique Victorian Pinchbeck & Enamel White Paste Ring. Neo-Classical Style Ring. Small Finger Antique Pinky Ring, Size i / 4-1/2
Rare Antique Victorian Pinchbeck & Enamel White Paste Ring. Neo-Classical Style Ring. Small Finger Antique Pinky Ring, Size i / 4-1/2
Rare Antique Victorian Pinchbeck & Enamel White Paste Ring. Neo-Classical Style Ring. Small Finger Antique Pinky Ring, Size i / 4-1/2
Rare Antique Victorian Pinchbeck & Enamel White Paste Ring. Neo-Classical Style Ring. Small Finger Antique Pinky Ring, Size i / 4-1/2
Rare Antique Victorian Pinchbeck & Enamel White Paste Ring. Neo-Classical Style Ring. Small Finger Antique Pinky Ring, Size i / 4-1/2
Rare Antique Victorian Pinchbeck & Enamel White Paste Ring. Neo-Classical Style Ring. Small Finger Antique Pinky Ring, Size i / 4-1/2
Rare Antique Victorian Pinchbeck & Enamel White Paste Ring. Neo-Classical Style Ring. Small Finger Antique Pinky Ring, Size i / 4-1/2
Rare Antique Victorian Pinchbeck & Enamel White Paste Ring. Neo-Classical Style Ring. Small Finger Antique Pinky Ring, Size i / 4-1/2

Rare Antique Victorian Pinchbeck & Enamel White Paste Ring

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Circa 1840 this beautiful neoclassical style antique ring is crafted in golden "Pinchbeck" and boasts an old hand-cut white paste "diamond" stone.

Pinchbeck was the most popular imitation gold in the 18th and early 19th centuries. Invented in 1720 by London watchmaker Christopher Pinchbeck, the true gold colour was achieved by combining copper and zinc (much less zinc than what is used to create brass) and the exact formula was kept a closely guarded secret.

Popularly known in England as "travelling jewelleries", at a time when highway robbery was a very real threat, jewellery made out of Pinchbeck had met its demise by 1850 when electroplated and rolled gold was invented and cheaper 9ct gold was legalised for sale in Britain.

This ring is a beguiling example of Pinchbeck jewellery. The ring is set with a full carat sized white paste gemstone that is mounted in a stepped hexagonal bezel and secured with tiny nipped claws that curl over the stone. The glass stone is foil backed and even though the foil has darkened with age we can still imagine how it would sparkled and dazzled like a diamond back in the day. To add to the enchanting old world style each angled shoulder is accented in 3 graduated dots of royal blue enamel.

With it's golden lustre this early Victorian Pinchbeck ring is steeped in history, a true antique treasure and a fine collectors piece

MATERIALS: Pinchbeck metal alloy

GEMSTONE: white paste (glass) approx. 6.5mm diameter (equivalent diamond size 1.00ct.)

RING SIZE: for a small finger size UK i, US 4.5 (sizing is not recommended)

WEIGHT: 3.8 grams

MARKS: none

ERA: Victorian, circa 1840

CONDITION: in good antique condition with signs of age like surface wear and tarnish in the nooks and crannies as you might expect in a ring almost 200 year old. Pinchbeck, like brass, will eventually oxidise and darken over time but a quick rub with a jewellery polishing cloth will soon restore its golden lustre. Please see the photos.

At Mercy Madge we offer quality antique and vintage jewellery sourced in Great Britain. Each piece is special and we rarely come across two identical old treasures, once they are gone, they are truly gone!

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Materials: Pinchbeck, Paste, Enamel.