This gorgeous 15K yellow gold ring was crafted during the mid-Victorian or Grand period when mourning jewelry was the fashion. An oval tablet of black onyx is safely bezel set into the gold and makes a wonderful contrast against the shining metal. The decorative gallery is comprised of scrolls and hearts in an openwork design. A beautiful, antique ring to add to your collection!
The mid-Victorian era from 1860-1885 began with the death of Prince Albert in 1861. Sentimental jewelry, or more explicitly mourning or memorial jewelry, became the dominant trend with black precious and semi-precious gemstones.
The ring is in very good antique condition with minimal signs of wear. The surface of the onyx shows light lines and marks, but these are only noticeable in reflected light. The onyx is not chipped or cracked and is secure in the mounting. The ring is stamped with an unknown maker’s mark and 15K. After 1854, 15 karat gold became a legal standard and was very popular in Victorian jewelry. The scrolls are not bent or broken, and the shank is round.
The ring is a size 4.75 and can be sized. The head measures 1/2” tall and 5/8” wide and weighs 2.56 grams. The box is for display only.
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