OSTBY & BARTON Art Deco 14kt Moonstone Cabochon Ring
Ostby & Barton Jewelry Co. was founded in 1879, a partnership between Nathan B. Barton and Engelhart Cornelius Ostby. Despite humble beginnings, the company eventually thrived, becoming one of the world's largest ring manufacturers.
Ostby received his training at the Royal School of Art in Norway to become a jeweler, later apprenticing in Oslo before emigrating to the United States. Tragically, during one of his routine trips to Europe with his daughter to further his jewelry knowledge, he perished on the voyage of the infamous Titanic in 1912, at the age of 64. Despite this devastating loss for his 22-year-old daughter Helene, who survived the voyage, Ostby & Barton continued to thrive after his untimely death. Helene devoted herself entirely to the family business, which produced a variety of fine jewelry goods up through the 1950s. Even in the modern day, Ostby & Barton remains a desirable name among collectors and lovers of vintage jewelry!
This beautiful moonstone ring from the Art Deco (ca1920s) era is a signed piece by Ostby & Barton! The alluring piece is crafted in 14kt white gold and features a single moonstone cabochon at the center. The oval-shaped stone has a soft, translucent quality and exhibits flashes of pale blue in a feminine filigree setting. The design is completed with a smoothly polished band which is stamped with the Ostby & Barton "O.B.14K✠" hallmark on the inside. A lovely antique piece, it has a very special look and would make a wonderful addition to any collection!
Measurements: The ring has a finger size 5 but could be easily resized. The moonstone center measures approximately 5/8" tall and 3/8" wide. The oval cabochon measures approximately 3/8” by a little more than 1/4” and rests 1/4” above the finger when worn.
Condition: The overall condition of the ring is excellent. Besides normal surface wear, there is no apparent damage to the gold setting or to the moonstone which is securely set and intact.