Arresting Antique Georgian Ring
Enamel work is found in much of the jeweler's art in the later part of the 18th century. Often in favor was cobalt blue or white. Occasionally we find the “elusive” red. Juxtaposed to this cardinal red are a warm citrine and the accent of a gold mount banded with a rim of rose cut diamonds. The center gem is cut in a modified square and placed in a closed back and foiled setting of gold with a crimped collet edge. Encircling this is red enamel laid upon a ground of guilloche metal with dots of white. Rose cut diamonds are nestled within silver at the outer edge as two diamonds highlight each side of the band. Gold work with fluted shapes makes the shank both elegant and sinuous.
The cluster area is 1/2 of an inch each way (1.2 cm). Light wear to the gem; the ring has been sized as evidenced inside the band; a bit of old gold work reinforcement to the sides is apparent only with magnification. A radiating line pattern of chased gold such as in this piece was in use from the late 17th to late 18th century. Currently a tad more than US size 5 (UK J-½; Euro 15.75) but can be sized by our jewelers. Circa 1770 and possibly English in origin. Regal and unmistakably opulent.