Sapphire Diamond Frog Motif Ring
For the ancient Egyptians frogs were worshiped by those living and by those who passed as they were carried on the person and placed within the linen mummy wrappings as an amulet to ensure regeneration. Animal motif jewelry has a long and glorious history but the French including Cartier and others, created the most amazing of all.
With symbolism such as this how can this engaging ring be denied? Set into a frog figural design of 18k white gold, more than one hundred (100) natural sapphires have been placed together in a pavé setting reminiscent of a Mediterranean sea the color of indigo blue with hints of light French blue. A pair of cabochon sapphires gives clear blue vision to our miniature amphibian for a total estimated sapphire weight of more than 2 carats. The feet are encrusted with thirty-five (35) sparkling white full brilliant cut diamonds (as opposed to the less expensive and minimally faceted single cuts) for an estimated total diamond weight between .25 to .30 carats. The ring is so finely constructed that he effortlessly rests upon a wide expanse of white gold.
Hallmarks: “18k”, “750” (European mark for 18k) on the interior; on the exterior of the shank a French eagle's head export mark; maker's mark of a symbol and fleur de lys as well as letter “B”.
Measurements: 5/8 of an inch (1.6 cm) north to south on the hand and rises 7/16 of an inch (1.1 cm) from the finger. This ring has a weight of 10.4 grams (6.7 dwt).
Size: US 6-3/8 (UK M-1/4; Euro 17, 53.5 mm) and can easily be sized.
Date: Modern estate piece most likely manufactured in the last 20 years.
Note: All diamond and gemstone weights are approximate since the stones were not removed from their mounts to preserve the integrity of the setting.