ALLSOP BROS. Art Nouveau 14kt Aquamarine + Diamond Filigree "Leaf" Ring
Not many people are aware that Newark, New Jersey was a major hub for the manufacture of jewelry from the late 1800's until the 1950's. The Allsop Brothers influenced this trend, making their mark in the jewelry arena with fine designs that included gemstone rings and birthstone jewelry. Henry and George A. Allsop, both English natives, founded their business in Newark in 1887 as "H. Allsopp & Co." (later changed to "Allsopp Brothers"). What began as a small venture grew to a steady business with many employees and several traveling salesmen. Today, the original Allsopp Brothers pieces are still desirable and valued by collectors!
This incredible aquamarine ring from the Art Nouveau era (ca1915) is a wonderful example of the Allsop Brothers' work! Crafted in vibrant 14kt gold, the ring has an artistic filigree setting that holds a Pear Cut aquamarine at the center. The aquamarine is beautifully faceted, exhibiting a natural shade of pale blue that catches the light. A sparkling accent diamond is bezel set directly above the aquamarine, elongating the gorgeous centerpiece. Surrounding the stone is an incredibly elegant filigree motif, featuring a gorgeous pattern of flowing leaves and vines. The decorative embellishments connect to a simple tapered band, completing the lovely design. Inside the shank is the Allsop Bros. hallmark with the letter "A" beside a 5-point star and a "14K" stamp. A wonderful gemstone piece by a celebrated maker, this feminine ring would make a special addition to any antique jewelry collection!
Measurements: The ring has a large finger size 8.5, but could be resized if desired. The aquamarine and diamond centerpiece measures approximately 1/2" tall and wide, and rests about 1/4" above the finger when worn. The tapered band measures approximately 2mm 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 or filigree details. The aquamarine and diamond are both intact, securely set, and free of any visible chips or scratches.