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Exquisite Georgian Fede Locket Ring


Most people associate the concept of “sentimental jewelry” with the era of Queen Victoria when in actuality it also refers to the Georgian era and the early years of the 19th century from around 1810 – 1830 and beyond to about 1850 or 1860. The pieces from this time were most often personal and small in scale and had sentiment and symbolism at its very foundation.

This particular ring of 15k yellow gold is a very fine example of its type. Several aspects differ and stand out quite clearly from the typical early 19th century ring. The form of two hands clasping (“dextrarum iunctio” Latin meaning giving or joining of right hands) is usually that of a fede ring which sometimes depicts the right hands of a male and female occasionally holding a heart; at times the hands merely embrace.

In this instance the hands hold a jewel-encrusted floral form or quatrefoil set with an old mine cut diamond center and four natural half pearls in pinched gold collets interspersed with four small garnets between each petal. A cuff motif on each hand accents the fine detailing. To the reverse is a locket back with a beveled glass cover.

Date: Circa 1820.

+ Measurements, Condition & More

Measurements: 3/8 of an inch (1.0 cm) in length north to south on the hand and rises 3/16 of an inch (0.6 cm) in height off the finger. Weight of 2.3 grams (1.5 dwt).

Ring Size: US 6 (UK L-1/2; Euro or Int. Circum. 51.8 mm; Int. Dia. 16.5 mm; Japan 11) and easily can be sized to fit most. Ring sizing information.

Condition: Excellent.

Origin: English.

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