Victorian Rose Of Sharon Ring, Antique 14k Rose Gold Amethyst Rose Cut Diamonds
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Victorian Rose Of Sharon Ring, Antique 14k Rose Gold Amethyst Rose Cut Diamonds:
An antique Victorian "Rose of Sharon" ring circa 1870. Crafted in 14k rose gold and featuring a carved and foiled amethyst bearing a triple blossom set with silvery rose-cut diamond accents. An ethereal shade of purple, the amethyst glitters with delicate internal highlights of mauve and wisteria providing a lovely complement to the rustic sparkle of the diamonds.
Measuring approximately 9/16" north to south and 7/16" east to west across the face as set. The band is 3/16” wide.
The inside diameter of the ring measures 16.5mm which translates to size 6 (USA).
The Rose of Sharon or the Confederate Rose ring was a popular form in the South during the American Civil War, often given as a memento by a soldier leaving for the front to his sweetheart or wife as a love token talisman for his safe return. The carved gemstone depicts the hibiscus or mallow flower so common in Southern gardens and is usually foiled then set with gemstones such as the rose-cut diamonds here, symbolizing eternal fidelity.
It's a romantic and sentimental motif and remained in vogue after the war, becoming popular in a wider sense as a choice for engagement or promise rings up until the turn of the 20th century.
In excellent antique condition with a gentle patina to the gold, but no obvious chips or scratches. There is a very light engraving on the inside of the band and all the jeweler can make out is the letter “C”. Not marked for gold content but tests to 14k.
In the United States, the National Gold and Silver Stamping Act of 1906 required jewelers to include an accurate purity mark, which indicates the materials used in a given piece. In 1961, the American government also mandated that jewelry manufacturers include a maker’s mark, which indicates the producer of a piece of jewelry.
4.3g total weight