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“I am fond of history and am well content to take the false with the true; and as for the little 'embellishments' you speak of, well, they are simply embellishments and I very much enjoy them as such ...”
― Jane Austen, Northanger Abbey

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This little 'embellishment' is a handmade replica of Jane Austen's famous turquoise and gold ring. Photo#5 shows the actual ring, sold through Sotherbys in July 2012 for $US236,000. *

My replica features a 10mm x 8mm turquoise from Arizona's renown 'Sleeping Beauty' mine, source of the most prized jewellery grade turquoise in the world. The cabochon weighs 1.65 carats and is a uniform soft blue color containing no veiny matrix material. It's a world class turquoise specimen, and one identical in appearance to the stone depicted in Jane Austen's ring.

The ring band and bezel cup are genuine 14 karat 'Gold Fill' **. The band measures a uniform 2.5mm (wide) x 1.3mm (thick) in a half round 'comfort fit' style, identical in design to Jane Austen's original. All up the ring weighs 2.6 grams.

I think it'd be fair to emphasize that this ring is not really an 'everyday' piece of jewellery since turquoise by nature is both porous and one of the softest gemstones around; and the gold setting (bezel) that holds it is quite delicate. As a result I'd recommend this ring as one better suited for display and for 'special occasion' wear rather than for everyday use.

Size ...
The inside diameter of the pictured ring is around 17mm which translates to the following sizes :
Size … 6 3/4 (US)
Size … 17 (China and Japan)
Size … N (United Kingdom)

Resizing ...
If you like this ring but it's not the size you want I'll gladly recreate it to any size you specify at no additional charge. Just let me know at the checkout by specifying the size you require and whether the measurement system you use is [US] or [China and Japan] or [United Kingdom]. It usually only takes me a day or two to rebuild a ring - much of which is time spent tumble-polishing the piece back to a super shiny finish - so please allow a little extra time for delivery in this case.



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Here's some links to more info about Jane Austen's ring if you're interested (sorry, you'll have to cut-and-paste the addresses) ...
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www.guardian.co.uk/books/2012/jul/06/jane-austen-ring-for-auction
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www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/northamerica/usa/9391024/Turquoise-Jane-Austen-ring-sells-for-150000-at-auction.html
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** About 'Gold Fill' ...

Gold-Fill was originally a metallurgy technique invented in the 19th century for the manufacture of hard-wearing pocket watch cases. It used to be called 'Rolled Gold'. The technique was revived in the late 20th century by precious metal manufacturers because it offered the same physical appearance and durability as solid gold for a fraction of its (skyrocketing) price.

Gold Fill is not the same as gold electroplate (or 'gold tone' as plating is sometimes called). With electroplating, gold ions in a cyanide solution are moved by electricity to lightly coat a base metal, typically copper, brass or sterling silver. With Gold Fill on the other hand, a thick layer - 5% by weight - of solid 14 karat gold is mechanically bonded to a base metal with heat. This layer is up to 20,000 times thicker than the mere ionic whisper of gold deposited by electrodeposition and looks, lasts, and tests (with an electronic tester) identical to solid 14 karat gold. Gold Fill jewellery is consequently quite hard wearing. Nevertheless it's a 'soft' metal and like all solid gold jewellery will ding if knocked around. However, it doesn't fade, flake or scratch off like gold electroplate, and is also completely safe for people with sensitive skins.

In the USA Gold Fill jewellery is regulated by the Federal Trade Commission because it looks identical to solid gold and can be passed off as such by shady gold dealers. You can tell genuine Gold Fill by its unique karat stamps : "GF14k" or "1/20-14K" - which means, 1/20th (5%) of the items total weight is certified to be solid 14 karat gold.

Replica - Jane Austen's Ring, 10mm x 8mm x 1.65 Carat Turquoise, Cabochon Cut, 14 Karat 'Gold Fill' Ring

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Overview

  • Handmade item
  • Materials: Genuine Natural Turquoise, Turquoise, 14 karat Gold Fill
  • Made to order
  • Feedback: 241 reviews
  • Ships from Australia to select countries.
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