ALLSOPP BROS. Art Deco 14kt Aquamarine "Roman Key" Motif Filigree Ring
Not many people are aware that Newark, New Jersey was a major hub for the manufacture of jewelry from the late 1800s until the 1950s. The Allsopp 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 Bros"). 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 beautiful aquamarine ring is a signed Allsopp Bros. piece from the Art Deco era (ca1920)! Crafted in 14kt gold, the ring frames a stunning aquamarine stone at the center of a decorative mounting. The stone is rectangular with clipped corners, and rests in an open backed bezel setting, allowing the light to pass through. It displays a wonderful clear blue color, and is faceted on both sides for a lovely light-catching sparkle! An artistic filigree border surrounds the stone, complete with a Roman key pattern formed by fine etchings and wirework details. Stamped inside the smooth, tapered shank is "14K" beside the Allsopp Bros. signature "A*" hallmark. A simply stunning vintage ring, it is perfect for the aquamarine lover's collection!
Measurements: The ring has a finger size 6.5, but could easily be re-sized. The aquamarine centerpiece measures 5/8" tall, 1/2" wide, and rests about 3/8" high. The tapered band measures about 1mm 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 and filigree details. The aquamarine stone is intact, securely set, and free of chips or scratches. A natural patina is present on the gold setting, which is a normal characteristic of vintage and antique jewelry.