Victorian Diamond Garnet Luckenbooth Ring
Known as a Luckenbooth, this late 17th century Scottish form typically consisted of one or two hearts surmounted by a crown or coronet. Usually in the shape of a small silver brooch, this was a traditional gift given by a man to a woman on their betrothal but also represented affection and friendship. Additional power was assigned to the design to protect against evil spirits, the evil eye as well as to avoid the attention of the fairies.
This 19th century example is in the form of a ring. Akin to the English wedding ring used after the Restoration (1660), this piece of 18k yellow and silver is encrusted with diamonds and a natural ruby.
Centered within the hearts are a rectangular old mine cut diamond of .12 carats and a pear shaped ruby of .15 carats. Clustered around those gems (and included in the coronet surmount) are nineteen (19) white and bright old mine cut diamonds of an estimated total diamond weight of .60 carats. Please note the castellated silver bezels on the coronet.
Date: Circa 1880.
Measurements: 9/16 of an inch (1.3 cm) in length north to south on the hand and rises 1/4 of an inch (0.8 cm) in height off the finger. Weight of 4.8 grams (3.1 dwt).
Ring Size: US 8-1/4 (UK Q; Euro or Int. Circum. 57.6 mm; Int. Dia. 18.3 mm; Japan over 16) and easily can be sized to fit most. Ring sizing information.
Note: All gemstone weights are approximated by measurement and formula and may vary from actual if removed. All metals are acid tested.
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