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A daring and stylish late Victorian 14ok rose gold assertion ring, bezel-set with a big pure dendritic agate that is been reduce flat, polished, and contoured with beveled corners. The stone was chosen for its uncommon inclusions (current resulting from iron and manganese within the stone), which look as if pure tufts of moss have been preserved contained in the transluscent milky bluish-gray agate. When considered in particular person, the stone seems mysterious, wintry, and haunting. The ring is additional accentuated with good-looking quadfurcated shoulders, that are reticulated, tapered, and engraved with late Victorian eastlake model motifs.
English and Scottish jewelers first got here to prize moss agates as a gem-grade stone within the early 19th century, however it’s within the late Victorian period that these items turned immensely fashionable. As a protest towards industrialization, urbanization, and machine manufacturing, the Victorian social-cultural environment more and more turned in direction of the naturalistic for inspiration and that means. From the Luddites to the Aesthetic motion, the late Victorian sensibility was completely intune with design components borrowed from nature, and this ring, with its ‘nature embalmed’ mystique, would have resonated properly with Victorians.
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Date: c. 1880-1900, late Victorian interval
Measurement: USA 7, UK N, EU 54 (resizable, although sizing up can be costly, as a result of heaviness and width of the shank)
Supplies: dendritic agate, 14ok rose gold (unmarked; examined with nitric & muriatic agate)
Weight: 5.eight grams
Marks: [K-E] jeweler’s mark or initials
Dimension of agate/ring face: 15.5 x 10.9 mm
Dimension of ornamental shoulders: 9.9 x 11 mm
Width of shank: 5.four – 5.5 mm
Thickness of shank: zero.eight – 1 mm
Situation: the primary flaw to pay attention to is the chip to the underside nook of the agate (not seen from the entrance); I’ve requested my jeweler to fill on this chip with jeweler’s epoxy to stop future injury to the stone. See the final photograph included on this itemizing for extra particulars.
Different flaws are age-related blemishes: common floor put on to the gold (some shallow nibbles and scratches right here and there). The floor of the agate has some very gentle scratches, when examined at a slant towards the sunshine. This ring has been sized down prior to now; the again of the shank has a really refined joint line. There may be some dust / grime to the again of the ring face.
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