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Antique Victorian 18K 1850s red enamel compartment ring with pearls ∙ GR57

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Antique Victorian 18K 1850s red enamel compartment ring with pearls ∙ GR57

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Overview

  • Vintage item from the 1800s
  • Materials: 18K gold, pearls, enamel, glass

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A beautiful and sensationally rare Romantic Period Victorian dress ring in 18K gold and red enamel with split pearls. The ring is hallmarked for the year 1850, the "happy" years of Queen Victoria's reign as she and Albert built their family (they had six of their nine children at this point) and ruled together. Only high karat gold (18K or 22K) was allowed in Great Britain prior to 1854 and, thus, this piece is marked for 18K. The entire shank is enameled in bright red, with "jointed" shoulders and a gradual widening from 2 1/2 mm at the back of the band to 4 1/2 mm at the ring face. The face is cross-shaped with split pearls set at the center and four arms.

The ring has the shape and some characteristics of a mourning ring from this period, although the red enamel almost certainly precludes that from being so. It was mostly likely a sentimental ring, with a locket compartment behind the face that could be used to place a lock of hair. It does not appear that this compartment is currently occupied, although it is a bit hard to tell given the thickness of the glass.

Condition: Loss to the enamel around the lower shank, consistent with age. Otherwise enamel is lustrous and bright with no crazing or chipping, even around the pearls.

Note: This ring cannot be sized.

Measurements: Size 7 American, 4.7 grams total weight
Era: Victorian, Romantic Period (1850)
Markings: Full British hallmarks (goldsmith, duty mark, Sovereign manufacture, carat, assay, date letter) as well as a series of numbers, unidentifiable
A beautiful and sensationally rare Romantic Period Victorian dress ring in 18K gold and red enamel with split pearls. The ring is hallmarked for the year 1850, the "happy" years of Queen Victoria's reign as she and Albert built their family (they had six of their nine children at this point) and ruled together. Only high karat gold (18K or 22K) was allowed in Great Britain prior to 1854 and, thus, this piece is marked for 18K. The entire shank is enameled in bright red, with "jointed" shoulders and a gradual widening from 2 1/2 mm at the back of the band to 4 1/2 mm at the ring face. The face is cross-shaped with split pearls set at the center and four arms.

The ring has the shape and some characteristics of a mourning ring from this period, although the red enamel almost certainly precludes that from being so. It was mostly likely a sentimental ring, with a locket compartment behind the face that could be used to place a lock of hair. It does not appear that this compartment is currently occupied, although it is a bit hard to tell given the thickness of the glass.

Condition: Loss to the enamel around the lower shank, consistent with age. Otherwise enamel is lustrous and bright with no crazing or chipping, even around the pearls.

Note: This ring cannot be sized.

Measurements: Size 7 American, 4.7 grams total weight
Era: Victorian, Romantic Period (1850)
Markings: Full British hallmarks (goldsmith, duty mark, Sovereign manufacture, carat, assay, date letter) as well as a series of numbers, unidentifiable

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Contact me within: 14 days of delivery
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▴ Domestic: I ship within three days of purchase (usually within two) via USPS 1st class post with delivery confirmation. When the value of the parcel is $400 or more, the default method is Priority Mail (small flat rate box).

▴ International: Default shipping is via USPS First Class International Mail unless the value of the parcel is $400 or more, in which case the default is USPS Priority Mail International shipping. Please allow 3-4 weeks for delivery. Please note that in-country customs may add time to this delivery estimate and that Jean Jean Vintage is not responsible for customs delays or taxes imposed in the receiving country.

▴ Insurance is available upon request for a small fee for all domestic items. Insurance is required for items over $400. International insurance is NOT INCLUDED with the cost of shipping. If you require insurance for an international shipment (which I strongly recommend, in some cases) please let me know prior to checking out.

▴ Need it in a hurry? There are expedited options available at check out for your convenience. If you wish, you can always still check in with me to discuss upgrade options and request a personalize quote. I might be able to get you a better price than what is shown in the drop-down menus, depending on your location.

▴ Outside of the coverage described here, Jean Jean Vintage is not responsible for items lost or damaged in transit OR delayed or held by local customs. In some cases, lost items may be partially reimbursed with shop credit. This is case-by-case.

▴ Because of complications, delays, and lost items, I no longer ship to SPAIN, ITALY or ISRAEL.
▴ Domestic: I ship within three days of purchase (usually within two) via USPS 1st class post with delivery confirmation. When the value of the parcel is $400 or more, the default method is Priority Mail (small flat rate box).

▴ International: Default shipping is via USPS First Class International Mail unless the value of the parcel is $400 or more, in which case the default is USPS Priority Mail International shipping. Please allow 3-4 weeks for delivery. Please note that in-country customs may add time to this delivery estimate and that Jean Jean Vintage is not responsible for customs delays or taxes imposed in the receiving country.

▴ Insurance is available upon request for a small fee for all domestic items. Insurance is required for items over $400. International insurance is NOT INCLUDED with the cost of shipping. If you require insurance for an international shipment (which I strongly recommend, in some cases) please let me know prior to checking out.

▴ Need it in a hurry? There are expedited options available at check out for your convenience. If you wish, you can always still check in with me to discuss upgrade options and request a personalize quote. I might be able to get you a better price than what is shown in the drop-down menus, depending on your location.

▴ Outside of the coverage described here, Jean Jean Vintage is not responsible for items lost or damaged in transit OR delayed or held by local customs. In some cases, lost items may be partially reimbursed with shop credit. This is case-by-case.

▴ Because of complications, delays, and lost items, I no longer ship to SPAIN, ITALY or ISRAEL.

Additional policies

▴ I sell vintage and antique jewelry. ALL JEWELRY IS SOLD "AS IS." Due to their age, some pieces may have minor wear or may require upkeep from you over the years. I will always be up-front about any damage, both in photos and in my text description. If you have any concerns, questions or require additional photographs before buying, please don’t hesitate to email me.

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