The history is always there, but often shrouded by time and tide. Yet in this special ring, the story unfolds clearly. Due to the presence inside the band of both a full set of English hallmarks and a registry design number, a great deal is revealed about its origins.
The firm that registered the design was Walter George Matthews of 26 Hockley Street in Birmingham. The date of the registration was on June 22, 1894.
However, this ring was not created until 1898 in Chester. It is easy to see why this ultra stylish sapphire diamond ring design was coveted and protected.
Out of 18k yellow gold, the gemstone ring is set with natural red rubies in a curving arc along with diamonds placed into leaf-like tendrils. Seven faceted rubies totaling .34 carats. Six petite rose cut diamonds add their hint of shine at a total of .03 carats.
The curved top area meets a two-part shoulder, also embellished with leafy frills. The back is smooth and slightly rounded.
Now if only the ring could speak, it could tell us tales of destiny and journeys, owners and adventures since 1898.