George IV Amethyst Gold Ring
George IV ruled Britain from 1820 until his death in 1830. For jewelry it was a time of transition from the strict neoclassical styles of the late 18th century. Forms became more romanticized and detailed with decorative elements allowing curves, scrolls and restrained ornamentation which progressed until the rococo motifs of the 1830's and 1840's came into vogue.
Set in a beautifully constructed ring of 18k rose gold is a table cut amethyst. The gem is set in a bezel typical of the period with very austere lines and a rub over setting of gold. Hollow in construction, the band is arched and emblazoned with flowers and leaves.
The ring measures 3/8 of an inch (1 cm) at the widest, 1/4 of an inch (0.7 cm) at the side and 1/8 of an inch at the back (0.4 cm). The amethyst itself is 8 mm each way. Condition at the back is fair as a repair was made; most likely a sizing as the gold is imperfect and has some tiny pitting (see photo). The sides and front are in excellent condition with expected light wear. Currently a US size 8 (UK P-1/2; Euro 18.5; 58-1/2 mm) and should not be sized due to it hollow construction. Circa 1820. English in origin.