This antique Victorian ring has the most beautiful starburst design. Outlined in sharp black enamel which contrasts beautifully with the buttery yellow 18ct gold, the star is decorated with six rose cut diamonds and three seed pearls. Stars were a popular motif of the Victorians, seen as symbols of guidance and wisdom.
Given the combination of black enamel, diamonds and pearls, three common materials used in Victorian mourning jewellery, we think this ring could possibly have been created as a piece to represent a lost loved one. Often engravings of the departed's name, intials and date of birth/date of death were engraved in mourning pieces. The ring doesn't have any engravings so sadly we can't know for sure, if only the ring could talk!
The ring is made of 18ct yellow gold, with very faint partial British hallmarks inside the shank. These have almost completely worn away now but the crown 18 marks for 18ct gold, and the Birmingham assay mark are still just about visible. The date hallmark is too worn to read clearly but given the ring's style, materials and what we can see of the hallmark, we think it could possibly have once been a 'V' for 1870.
Ring size - approx a US 6.5 / approx a UK M 1/2
The ring weighs approx 2.5g and the ring is approx 9.2mm wide to the front, with the ring's shank tapering down to approx 2mm wide at the back. The ring's face has a lovely dome-like shape which is filled in to the back but we believe it is hollow behind the stones.
Condition - The ring is in good antique condition to say it is over 100 years old but does show signs of age and wear, including surface wear to the gold, gemstones and enamel. The pearls vary in shade and condition, with the centre being a possible earlier replacement. This centre pearl does have some dark marks to it in places. The enamel is in overall good condition but it has worn away in some places. Please note that the stones are all closed back and so we do not recommend that this ring comes into contact with any liquids as this could loosen the stones over time. Please see photos.
*Please note the antique box pictured is not included in the sale but the ring will be shipped in a new presentation ring box and pouch*
Antique Victorian 18ct gold, diamond, pearl and black enamel starburst ring
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