Victorian 18kt Inlaid Gold Quartz + Onyx Plaque Ring
Gold-in-quartz was formed while the earth was still in its molten state. During the cooling and solidification process, veins of gold became trapped with the crystals of quartz in the mine. This created a very dramatic contrast between the white quartz and the yellow of the gold. Jewelry crafted from gold quartz became quite a fashion statement of the 1880s.
A gorgeous gold quartz and onyx compilation ring. The onyx and gold quartz center, an original Victorian (ca1880s) era piece, has since been paired to seamlessly fit into modern-day fashion by the addition of a contemporary mounting. Crafted in 18kt yellow gold, the ring features an elongated two-tone centerpiece that rests atop an ornate split shank. A single oval-shaped gold quartz stone has been inlaid into the surface of a complementary onyx plaque, creating a bold centerpiece which is substantial in size. The quartz has an incredibly beautiful appearance, exhibiting a range of natural earthy grey and white colors marbled with flecks of vibrant gold. The central stone is bordered by a thin rose gold bezel, then merges perfectly with the surrounding onyx frame, which is elongated with scalloped edges at the top and bottom. The gold band has split "pillar-style" shoulders at the sides and an ornate caged basket is visible on the back. Perfect for everyday wear, this unique Victorian era ring would make a special addition to any jewelry collection!
Measurements: The ring has a small finger size of 6.75, but could be easily re-sized as desired. The elongated onyx and gold quartz centerpiece measures a little less than 1 1/8" tall, is 3/4" wide, and rests approximately 1/4" above the finger when worn. The gold band measures 2mm 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. The onyx frame and inlaid gold quartz stone are both securely set and intact.