Victorian English 18kt Diamond Horseshoe Mizpah Ring
The word "MIZPAH" (sometimes written as "Mizpeh") is the Hebrew word for "watchtower," and a name from the Bible. Although it generally refers to a place near Gilead, it first appears in the book of Genesis, where it references a stone monument built by Jacob and Laban as a covenant of peace. The pillar of stones represented a bond between Jacob and Laban, leading the word "Mizpah" to hold a similar meaning. In Laban's words, "The Lord watch between you and me, when we are absent one from the other." The word "Mizpah" has henceforth become recognized as a symbolic bond between two people, even when in absence of one another.
An unusual "Mizpah" ring from Victorian (ca1886) era! This unique piece is crafted in 18kt yellow gold, and displays the Hebrew word "MIZPAH" across the front surface. The raised block letters are split in the middle, and flank a horseshoe motif at the center of the band. The lovely horseshoe adorns a sparkling accent diamond, and 7 raised dots that represent the "nails." Delicate, etched lines grace the top and bottom of the band, and a beadwork border adds a wonderful feminine touch to the design. The band graduates slightly as it nears the back. Stamped inside the shank are several English hallmarks, including a crown, a shield (indicating it was assayed in Chester), the gold purity mark "18," the date letter "C" (dating the piece to 1886), and the maker's initials "WGM." It's a beautiful ring with sentimental meaning, and would make a perfect addition to any collection!
Measurements: The ring has a finger size of 7 but could be re-sized. The front of the ring (where the horseshoe rests) measures approximately 3/8" tall, and rests 1/16" above the finger when worn. The graduated band measures 5mm 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. The diamond is intact and securely set. There is a natural darkened patina on parts of the surface, which is normal given the age of the piece and adds to its beauty and character.