A cabochon-cut foiled garnet bears a deep, blushing red hue, held within the face of this bold ring. A border of silvery pearls surround the central garnet, themselves encircled by a halo of creamy turquoise stones, all in crimped prong settings. Vivid 14k yellow gold holds the stones together, with a fully-enclosed ring head back, embellished with a cursive inscription. This is a conversion ring, originally having been a lace brooch, with the elegant, relief-detailed shank being added later, a modern cast of a Georgian original. This stunning piece would make a fine addition to the historical jewelry lover’s collection.
Materials and Features:
- Cabochon-cut central garnet
- Turquoise stones
- 14k yellow gold ring head base and shank [acid tested and hallmarked for fineness]
Age/Origin: Conversion; original Georgian ring head; modern-cast shank of an original Georgian shank.
- Weight: 2.9 g
- Dimensions: 13.6 mm ring face width; 1.9 - 4.2 mm shank width; 0.5 - 0.8 mm shank thickness
- Ring size: 8.50 US
Marks: 14k [incised, inner shank surface]
EB to AH [cursive inscription, on posterior ring head surface]
Condition: All gemstones are set sturdily within the ring face, with no overt chips or cracks. Some of the turquoise stones do have some normal matrix inclusions. This is a conversion piece; there are thus some irregularities to the piece, including solder marks (particularly where the shoulders meet the ring head), and patina tarnishing to the finer details (a typical consequence of age wear). The inscription to the back face of the ring head is mostly legible, with only some faint wear, and the extreme stylization of the cursive making it potentially difficult to read. The shank is a modern cast of an original Georgian shank, bearing deep relief details. The shank itself has a well-formed circular shape, with no overt distortion, for a comfortable and consistent fit. There is some irregularity to the fine relief details and to the settings; this is to be expected, reflecting the techniques done by hand, appropriate within the time period.
Please view and inspect our photos closely, as they are considered part of the condition report. We endeavor to fully disclose all condition information clearly and concisely, however, please note that what qualifies as excellent condition for historical jewelry differs from modern and contemporary pieces. Minor age wear is typical and to be expected for antique and vintage jewelry. Unless otherwise stated, gemstones have not been officially graded for color, clarity, or treatment by GIA; any information provided is our own educated, professional assessment.