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Secret Communiqué: Victorian Diamond Ring

SOLD Item 11425

Visible for all the world to see, this simple 12k rose gold Victorian era ring holds an old mine cut diamond of approximately .35 carats (color J-K, clarity SI) within a claw mount flanked by two bands of chased gold. Each of the shoulders has been ornamented with a ribbon-like cartouche containing an incised image of an iris bloom.

In the Victorian language of flowers the iris represented the sentiment of “I leave a message for you”. In this situation the message was meant only for the wearer of the ring. Incised within the interior of the band is an engraving of the image of a primrose flower followed by “Henry May 6 1883” in flowing script. The primrose symbolizes the saying “have confidence in me” or "I can't live without you". Only a Victorian could express the poignancy of love with a few blooms.

Condition: Very good; gold has light wear overall commensurate with use; some edge wear to the stone as expected with age with a larger area of edge wear visible with magnification.

Hallmarks: Engraving of flower and “Henry May 6 1883”.

Measurements: ¼ of an inch (0.6 cm) in width at the diamond and its mount and 3/16 of an inch (0.4 cm) wide for the band. This antique ring has a weight of 2.1 grams (2.0 dwt).

Size: US 8-3/4 (UK R; Euro 18.75, 59 mm). This ring can be sized; please email us for more details.

Date: Circa 1883

Note: All diamond weights, color grades and clarity are approximate since the stones were not removed from their mounts to preserve the integrity of the setting.