Victorian Petite 14kt Inlaid Gold Quartz Oval 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 ring from the Victorian (ca1880) era! Crafted in 14kt rose and yellow gold, the petite ring features an oval-shaped centerpiece that rests above simple split shank. Three pieces of gold quartz stone have been inlaid into the surface of the centerpiece, each separated by thin veins of gold. The stones are especially beautiful, exhibiting a range of natural earthy grey and white colors marbled with flecks of vibrant gold. The gold bars that separate each inlaid piece of stone are slanted across the middle, giving a stylish asymmetrical quality to the design. A textured border surrounds the oval centerpiece, providing the perfect finishing touch. The gold band has split "pillar-style" shoulders at the sides, and is stamped with a "14K" gold purity mark inside the shank. Perfect for everyday wear, this unique Victorian ring would make a special addition to any jewelry collection!
Measurements: The ring has a small finger size of 4.5, but could be easily re-sized as desired. The oval centerpiece measures about 5/8" long, 3/8" wide, and rests approximately 3/16" above the finger when worn. The gold band measures 3mm 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. All three of the inlaid gold quartz stones are intact and securely set.