Edwardian English 18kt Burmese Ruby + Diamond Ring
A gorgeous multi-gemstone ring from the Edwardian (ca1905) era! This beautiful 18kt yellow gold piece adorns a row of five Burmese rubies resting between two rows of old Mine Cut diamonds. The prong-set rubies display a rich, luscious red color and are faceted to catch the light beautifully with every turn. The surrounding diamonds rest in a micro-prong setting, sparkling brilliantly beside the colorful stones. A gorgeous carved motif with swirled detail adorns the shoulders of the mounting, and a delicate cut-out design is visible from the sides. Completing the design is a smooth band, which graduates slightly as it nears the back. Stamped inside the shank are several English hallmarks including a faded crown, a shield (indicating that the piece was assayed in Chester) and an upper case cursive "E" (indicating that it was hallmarked in 1905). A simply stunning ring, it would incredible worn day or night!
Measurements: The ring has a finger size of 6.75, but could easily be resized. The gemstone centerpiece measures approximately 5/8" long, a little under 3/8" wide, and rests a little less than 1/8" above the finger when worn. The graduated band measures approximately 1.5mm wide at the back.
Condition: The overall condition of the ring is excellent. Besides normal surface wear, there is no apparent damage to the gold setting. All of the rubies and diamonds are securely set. One of the diamonds is a Single Cut diamond rather than a Mine Cut diamond, indicating that it may have been previously replaced to restore the design. When worn, the difference is not noticeable, but an old Mine Cut stone could be re-set in its place if desired.