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A captivating treasure from the Romantic Victorian Period, this ring, dating back to circa 1840, exemplifies the era's sentimental design ethos. Imported to Belgium, possibly from France or the Netherlands, it showcases the period's intricate craftsmanship. Fashioned from silver atop 18K red gold, the ring features 11 rose-cut diamonds, set against foil to enhance their brilliance, a hallmark of the time's innovative techniques. Its design echoes the romanticism of Queen Victoria's reign, blending Gothic and Renaissance influences, symbolizing love and devotion. This ring is a testament to the opulent yet poignant aesthetics of early Victorian jewellery.
Antique jewelry object group: ring
Condition: very good condition
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Country of origin: imported around 1840 into Belgium from either France or the Netherlands
Style: Victorian - Victorian decorative arts refers to the style of decorative arts during the Victorian era. The Victorian era is known for its eclectic revival and interpretation of historic styles and the introduction of cross-cultural influences from the middle east and Asia in furniture, fittings, and Interior decoration. Victorian design is widely viewed as having indulged in a regrettable excess of ornament. The Arts and Crafts movement, the aesthetic movement, Anglo-Japanese style, and Art Nouveau style have their beginnings in the late Victorian era.
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Style specifics: The Romantic Victorian Period - Experts divide the reign of Queen Victoria, also called The Victorian era (1837 - 1901) in to three periods of about twenty years each; The Romantic Victorian Period (1837 - 1860), The Grand Victorian Period (1860 - 1880), and the Late or Aesthetic Victorian Period (1880 - 1901).
We consider this to be of the Romantic Victorian Period. This period covers the coronation of Victoria as Queen of Great Britain and Ireland, and her marriage to King Albert and their love, their devotion to their marriage and to their country are the sources of inspiration for this period. The jewels of this period are made of intricate carvings, special techniques where the enamel is subtly worked. These techniques allowed to give the jewel a certain opulence with less precious metal needed. As precious metals were really rare at that time. Highly favored (semi-) precious stones in this period are amethyst, coral, garnets, seed pearls and turquoises. The connotation is obviously sentimental, symbolic and romantic with reminiscent Gotic and/or Renaissance patterns and an abundant use of motifs like anchors, birds, branches, crosses, hearts and snakes.
Period: ca. 1840
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Material: Silver on top and backed with 18K red gold (see explanation on silver on gold).
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Technique: The rose cuts are set on foil. This is a special technique that was used to bring the lustre of the diamonds to its best quality.
Diamond(s): 11 rose cut diamonds. We do not have the weight of the diamonds which is normal in our trade when it comes to rose cuts.
Birthstones: Diamond is the birthstone (or month stone) for April.
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Hallmarks: The control mark here represents the letter 'E' and was used between 1831 and 1868 in Belgium for imported jewelry.
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Dimensions: band width on top of ring 0,87 cm (0,34 inch)
Weight: 2,90 gram (1,86 dwt)
Ring size Continental: 58 & 18½ , Size US 8¼ , Size UK: Q
Resizing: Free resizing, but because of the the way the ring is made, we cannot guarantee to make it on every size; so please ask in advance (only for extreme resizing we have to charge).
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Reference Nº: 19088-0081
Copyright photography: Adin, fine antique jewelry
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