5 Interesting Antique Rings with Helpful Ring Trivia Included

Enjoy these 5 unique ring designs while learning some bonus ring trivia!

A THREE STONE GYPSY-SET DIAMOND RING

Even if this looks a bit masculine, it might be just the right accessory to give your look some unique edge.  The ring in question is a three stone diamond Victorian ring. The diamonds are brilliant-cut and set in 18 carat yellow gold. The makers mark is “J.J” and it is believed this is from 1880. You may be wondering from the title: what is a gypsy setting? It’s a ring setting often seen in men’s jewelry. The band is one continuous piece that gets thicker at the top. The diamonds for this ring were pressed into the setting, making the stones look sunken. (Related: Diamond Rings, Three Stone Rings)

A LOZENGE-SHAPED AQUAMARINE AND DIAMOND RING

Isn’t the lozenge shape interesting to your eye? We don’t see it too much with gemstones, although a tipped lozenge (rhombus, or elongated diamond) shape is popular in design when it comes to  parque floors, textiles, ceramic decor, and silverware decor. This faceted aquamarine gemstone here is flanked by diamonds. The four rose-cut diamonds accentuate the aquamarine gem, along with the scroll detail done in platinum. (Related: Aquamarine Rings)

A LATE VICTORIAN RUBY AND DIAMOND CROSSOVER RING

Incredibly formal, this ring design reminds us instantly of Queen Victoria. From 1890, this late Victorian ruby and diamond ring features trefoil motifs and crossover diamond crescent motifs, along with diamonds on the ring shoulders. It seems to almost be blooming, doesn’t it? (Related: Ruby Rings)

A SAPPHIRE AND DIAMOND TABLE RING

Plaque rings were incredibly popular in the Edwardian and Victorian ages. What is a plaque ring? It features a flat surface, much as the name describes. This sapphire and diamond table ring boasts diamonds set in platinum millegrain collets (meaning there are tiny beads of metal that both emphasize the design while also securing the stones), estimated to weigh a total of 0.95 carats. The platinum ring plaque measures approximately 28 x 13 mm. (Related: Sapphire Rings, Plaque Rings)

A LATE VICTORIAN DIAMOND RING

Billed as a “cocktail ring” it seems like a good time to remind you guys what qualifies for that title. A cocktail ring is any ring that is very large and dramatic and also features some sort of (real or fake) gemstone. In this case, we have diamonds. In fact, with this late Victorian diamond ring, you’ll immediately notice the three old brilliant-cut diamonds . There’s a rose-cut diamond-set stalk and band, all set in silver to a 14 carat yellow gold mount. This ring is believed to be from 1900. (Related: Cocktail Rings)

Find these all at: http://www.bentley-skinner.co.uk/

You gotta tell me – which ring here would you be most likely to wear?  

Ciao for now,

Jessica

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