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Rare Victorian 14K Gold Essex Crystal Terrier Dog Ring with Buckle Style Band

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This is a very unusual and hard to find ring....and as someone who is passionate about dogs, I just could not resist it for my shop....

Crafted of solid 14K yellow gold, the ring's centerpiece is a wonderful bezel set reverse carved natural rock crystal (tested and confirmed that this is rock crystal and not glass!), often called an Essex Crystal. It is carved on the reverse with the head and shoulders of a sweet white terrier with a dark eye patch and ears, then hand painted and backed with mother of pearl. It is approximately 12 x 12 mm with rounded corners, giving it a cushion shape. When you look closely (and you can see this in my super macro photos) you can even see the details given to his brown eye. There is some paint loss evident, but to my mind it just adds character. The outer surface of the crystal also shows some wear...there are light scratches and one small nick. I didn't even notice the nick until I looked carefully under magnification...once you know where it is you can barely see it with very good eyesight. (it's beneath the terrier in an area of background)

Adding to the charm of this piece is the wonderful buckle style band...complete with holes for the buckle! The band has lovely detailing with diamond like texture and stamping along both edges to mimic stitching! The band is approximately 4 mm wide all the way around.

The band is still strong and in good shape, and interestingly, I believe it was once sized and the jeweler did quite a good job splicing the band to make the design seamless. The gold shows some light wear and the gold on the back of the crystal shows some discoloration and grime....though, overall it is in very nice condition. The ring is marked "14K" inside the band and also has a stylized "R." The total weight of the ring is 3.65 grams.

The size is a very dainty 3.75 to 4...it could be sized a little bit by a good jeweler who is comfortable working on old jewelry....but only IF you are ok with having a small polished area at the back of the band! I think it would be very challenging (though perhaps not impossible) to have a jeweler enlarge it by recreating the additional piece and adding it seamlessly. Perhaps it could be worn as a pinky ring so as not to disrupt the band design.

It's so hard to find these reverse carved crystals as rings and this one has such charm!

Please convo with questions and Thanks for looking!
Sharon Franziska

Rare Victorian 14K Gold Essex Crystal Terrier Dog Ring with Buckle Style Band

Overview

  • Vintage item from the 1800s
  • Materials: 14K gold, reverse carved and hand painted crystal
  • Ships from Washington, United States to select countries.
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