American Arts & Crafts Ring
Most of us are familiar with such pioneer furniture makers as Gustav Stickley. As part of the Arts & Crafts movement, he and many others in the decorative arts championed in America this shift in styles and techniques. Arts & Crafts was hailed as a reaction against mass produced, machined goods of adornment. This took place in the mid to later 19th century for the decorative arts with a goal of hand crafted goods, simpler materials and naturalistic but abstract designs.
Here is a fine example of American Arts & Crafts jewelry in a bloodstone and yellow 14k gold ring. A single polished oval of bloodstone is spattered with brick red flecks of color within a field of the deepest forest green. Its chased sides are worked with an evocative winged form, abstract and pared down. The shank or band is simple, rounded and polished. For a man or woman, the design is strong and sleek.
Condition: Excellent condition; light wear overall as commensurate with age and use. Stone is near mint.
Measurements: Stone is 7/16 of an inch (1.15 cm) by 3/8 of an inch (0.9 cm) and is more than ½ of an inch (1.3 cm) high north to south. The stone rises 3/16 of an inch (0.5 cm) off the finger. The width of the band at the back is 1/8 of an inch (0.3 cm). This antique ring has a weight of 7.8 grams. Currently a size US 9 (UK R-1/2; Euro 19; 60 mm) but easily sized.
Date & Origin: Circa 1900 – 1910; American in origin.