L'Amour est Grand: French Victorian Love Bird Ring
Sentiment flourished during the Victorian era. Hearts, flowers and other expressions of love found its way into every nook and cranny the eye could see.
Amidst an open work design of swirls and curves of gold, roost a repeating pattern of three pairs of kissing doves—the image of everlasting love and fidelity as they mate for a lifetime. When one passes, the surviving dove will remain alone for the duration of its life; it will not seek another mate. Hand crafted of 18k yellow gold, the surfaces of the doves display a textured pattern.
Measurements: 1/4 of an inch (0.6 cm) north to south on the hand. This antique ring has a weight of 5.2 grams (3.4 dwt).
Ring Size: US 6-1/4 (UK M; Euro 16.75, 53 mm) and should not be sized due to the integrity of the design.
Hallmarks: French poinçons: eagle's head, another unidentified mark.
Date & Origin: Circa 1880 and is French in origin.