Rich Cognac Smoky Quartz 18th Century Ring
Warmth and richness mark this superb ring. The stone is a flat cut deep sienna brown smoky quartz. The sides are cut with twenty-two facets (22) around the edge. The stone is in a gold foiled closed-back setting. The gold mount is a rub over mount with the variation of small beads at intervals (a few now worn away).
The reverse is the classic radiating line pattern evident on a number of rings of this period. During the 17th and early part of the 18th century, the back would have been enameled but this fell out of favor and engraved designs took over. This particular pattern was often utilized and gives an intricate delicacy.
The shank is original; a split shank with scalloped edges and a fleur de lis design in the center. The band transitions to three (3) incised bands and then into a fine shank with engraved ridges on each outer edge. Single stone rings certainly are a dichotomy of an early ring with a tone that suits modern tastes as well as those that side with ornate antiquity. Elegance exemplified. In mint condition with slight surface wear to the stone on the top and sides only visible with a loupe.
Measures ½ of an inch across by 7/16 of an inch high (the stone with setting). It is greater than ¼ of an inch in depth. Size US 7 (UK N-½; Euro 14-¼) but could be sized by our expert jewelers. English in origin, circa 1750.
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