Victorian English 18kt Diamond Mizpah Ring 0.25ct
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.
An unusual "Mizpah" ring from the Victorian (ca1886) era! This unique piece is crafted in 18kt yellow gold and displays the Hebrew word "MIZPAH" across the front surface. The sentimental word is formed by raised block letters and are split in the middle, flanking an old Mine Cut diamond at the center of the band. The diamond has an approximate total weight of 0.25ct and is set in an open back box setting, sparkling beautifully with every turn. There are three complete English hallmarks stamped on the inside of the band: a crown, representing that it was Assayed in Sheffield, an "18" gold purity mark and the date letter "I". A portion of a fourth hallmark can be seen where the diamond has been set, however, it is now illegible. It's a beautiful ring with a lovely sentiment, and would make a perfect addition to any collection!
Measurements: The ring has a finger size of 7.5 but could be re-sized. The band of the ring is approximately 1/4" wide.
Condition: The overall condition of the ring is excellent. Besides normal surface wear, there is no apparent damage to the gold setting. The diamond is intact and securely set.