Early Victorian 15kt Gutta-Percha Ring with Buckle Detail
Gutta-percha is a genus of tropical trees native to the regions of Southeast Asia and northern Australasia. An inelastic natural latex material is produced from the sap of the trees, which is also referred to as gutta-percha. The beneficial properties were discovered by Westerners in 1842, and the substance was initially used as an electrical insulator. A few years later gutta-percha became a popular material used to manufacture furniture and then mourning jewelry because it was easily carved and very resilient.
A very unusual gutta-percha ring from the early Victorian (ca1850) era! This unique and stylish piece is made from a solid piece of hand-carved gutta-percha, which has a smooth, earthy brown surface. Hugging the center of the ring is a flat, wide band of vibrant 15kt rosy yellow gold, resting within a carved groove which encircles the piece. The gold band has a simple buckle-like design featuring a pointed flap secured by a single gold stud, creating an interesting accent to the bold ring. The contrast between the vibrant gold and the dark gutta-percha has a very striking look and the very unique piece, would make a wonderful addition to any collection!
Measurements: The ring has a finger size 8; due to the unique design, it can not be resized. The surface of the ring measures 1/4" wide.
Condition: The overall condition of the ring is great. There is some minimal surface wear to both the gold band as well as the gutta-percha ring, however, nothing that is unusual for a piece of this age, and none that is noticeable when worn.