Edwardian Blue Sapphire, Ruby and Diamond Ring
There is a whole lot of history in this one little ring. It's story is told through it's hallmark and it is has quite the story to tell.
Firstly, the ring is stamped with the rare Chester Assay Mark. Rings with this stamp are extremely sought after as it was hallmarked in Chester, England. This assay office closed a long time ago making jewellery with these hallmarks collector items today.
The ring also bears another famous stamp. It's maker's mark - H.S - represents the H. Samuel jewellery company which has been around for over 150 years and to this day is known as 'Britains Largest Jeweller'. The company was actually started up by a women, Harriet Samuel, in 1862 and offered jewellery through mail order catalogues.
The ring's "gypsy" design also holds a lot of significance. The term 'gypsy ring' refers to the setting of the stone which are mounted flush with the metal. This style of ring was traditionally given as a friendship band or to young girls. They could be personalised in the choice of stone - It's exciting to imagine what the Ruby, Sapphire and Diamond symbolised in this ring? Birthstones? A secret Message? I guess we will never know.
The ring is crafted in 18ct yellow gold and has three stones in a gypsy style setting - Diamond, Ruby and Sapphire. The band features a bold swirling scroll design and delicate textured edging.
Stars were a popular motif of the Edwardian period and both the sapphire and ruby have delicate star shapes carved around the metal setting.
The ring sits flush against the finger making it a perfect stacking ring. The best part about Gypsy rings is their durability - the flush setting provides a very wearable, everyday style.
As with all gold and gemstone jewellery, it is recommended it be removed with any physical exercise. It is also recommended to keep it away from chemicals such as chlorine, cosmetics and cleaning products.
Excellent antique condition - The ring has been inspected by a professional jeweller in the famous Hatton Garden jewellery quarter in London, England.
Edwardian - 1907
Measurements & Materials:
Size: 52 EU/DK
Width of the band at it's widest point at the head of the ring measures 6mm tapering to 2.4mm at the base.
The band measures 0.5mm in thickness.
The ring sits flush against your finger.
The diamond, ruby and sapphire each measure approx. 2mm (0.03ct)
There is a full british hallmark to the inner band - Crown (denoting Gold), 18ct, Chester Assay Office, 1907 Date Stamp. The band is also stamped with the maker's mark "H.S".