Magnificent Citrine Dinner Ring
During the course of the history of jewelry converting a piece of jewelry from one type to another was a frequent occurrence. It was routine to change out gemstones as well as entirely transform the jewel. Here we have a modern interpretation of the practice in the guise of a ring which was formerly a brooch.
The top cluster is circa 1880 and features a very large oval faceted citrine (18 mm by 25 mm) of an estimated 24 carats. The golden gem is a tiger lily citrine with bright orange highlights and is complemented by its 14k yellow gold bezel setting with scalloped edge and framed with a triple corded gold rope border. The outer surround is configured with a gold cannula or tube wound with double lengths of twisted gold wire. The tiered top has been fashioned with a modern under gallery and shank of 14k yellow gold with side details similar to that of a classic antique column of a scroll design.
Date: Top cluster is circa 1880; under gallery and shank are modern.
Measurements: 1-1/2 of an inch (3.7 cm) in length north to south on the hand and rises 1/2 of an inch (1.2 cm) in height off the finger. Weight of 25.4 grams (16.3 dwt).
Ring Size: US 9-3/4 (UK T; Euro or Int. Circum. 61.4 mm; Int. Dia. 19.6 mm; Japan over 19) and easily can be sized to fit most. Ring sizing information.
Hallmarks: 14k to modern shank.
Condition: Excellent; top has been converted from a Victorian brooch; shank is modern and new.
Origin: Shank is American.
Note: Gemstone was not removed to preserve the integrity of the setting. Weight is approximated by measurement and formula and may vary from actual weight.
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