Early Art Deco 15kt Diamond & Ruby 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.
A lovely and romantic gold ring from the early Art Deco (ca1916) era! This unique piece is made of 15kt yellow gold and has the Hebrew word MIZPAH written across the front in raised, block letters. In the center of the word are 2 charming hearts, one accented with a sparkling diamond, the other with a vibrant ruby. A pierced, textured design lines the top and bottom of the band, adding wonderful detail to the piece. The shank has several English hallmarks, including "15 .625", an anchor (indicating manufacture in Birmingham), the letter "r" (which dates the piece to 1916), and the maker's initials "S.B&Co.". It's a wonderful ring and would make a sentimental gift for a loved one, a perfect addition to any collection!
Measurements: The ring has a finger size of 4.5 but could be easily re-sized slightly if desired. The front of the ring measures slightly more than 1/4" wide.
Condition: The overall condition of the ring is excellent. Besides normal surface wear, there is no apparent damage to the gold and all of the stones are intact.