This wonderful topaz ring just makes me smile. It has that warm sunny feeling that satisfies like the first warm flush of spring or mom's steamy chicken noodle soup on a cold winter day. Fashioned from a mid Victorian jewel probably dating from the 1840's to the late 1860s. When Prince Albert (husband of Queen Victoria) died of typhoid fever in December of 1861, Queen Victoria went into a deep state of mourning and for the rest of her reign, mourning fashion and jewels ruled the day. So, bright and cheery pieces, like this sunny ring, rapidly fell out of fashion with the royal court and by default, most of the upper echelons of British society.
This wonderful ring has recently been fitted with a new shank cast from an antique Victorian shank contemporary to the style of the top. A youthful, gay ring, I think it's a real mood lifter.
Materials and Features:
- Topaz flower
- 14k gold band
Age/Origin: English, Early to mid 19th Century face. Band is a casting of a shank contemporary to the face.
- Weight: 3 grams
- Dimensions: 14.3 x 13.3mm
- Ring size: US 6
Condition: Overall very good condition. The topaz stones show some very minor signs of surface wear and show natural variations in hue. The gold is vibrant and smooth. Note, this is a conversion piece. The band is not original to the top of the ring.
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