ALLSOPP BROS. Art Deco 14kt Carved Carnelian & Enamel 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 carnelian ring from the Art Deco (ca1920) era is a signed piece by the Allsopp Brothers and it displays wonderful artistry! The ring is made of 14kt yellow gold and features a carved carnelian plaque that rests in the center of a decorative enamel mounting. The carnelian has a beautiful natural color, which is lightly translucent and displays a deep shade of burnt orange. The hand-carved details represent a beautiful floral motif. Surrounding the carnelian plaque is a lovely green and red enamel border. Completing the design is engraved detail along the band, and delicate gold leaves that adorn the shoulders of the ring. The shank tapers in towards the back and is stamped "14" inside, along with the Allsopp Brothers. hallmark (the letter "A" beside a small 5-point star). A very special Art Deco era piece, it looks fabulous when worn and would make a unique addition to any collection!
Measurements: The ring has a finger size of 5.25, but could be easily resized if desired. The oval centerpiece measures 7/8" tall and 5/8" wide.
Condition: Besides normal surface wear, there is no apparent damage to the gold setting or carved carnelian plaque. The enamel remains in good condition without any apparent chips or scratches.