A lively assortment of stones are aligned across the face of this exquisite band; a beautiful example of acrostic jewelry. It’s creation credited to Jean Baptiste Mallerio, favored by Queen Marie Antoinette, acrostic jewelry’s central design allows one to imbue items with messages, depending on the gemstones used. This particular ring is designed to spell out “REGARD”, with its assortment of emerald, garnets, amethyst, and diamond, all set within a body of detailed 15k yellow gold, fully hallmarked. It should be noted that the stones occupying the ruby spots (the two “R” letters in REGARD) seem to be garnet replacements, with color values very similar to rubies.
- 15k yellow gold
Weight: 1.98 g
Size: 9.5 - 9.75
Dimensions: 6.5 mm ring face width [approximate]
Marks: 15 625 -Birmingham anchor- X[incised, inner shank face]
NOTE: The marks indicate this piece’s origin in the UK, assayed at the Birmingham Office, in the year 1872.
Condition: Gold is high-quality, with good craftsmanship and clear presentation of details. All stones are well-set, with no chips or cracks. The two stones in the place of the rubies are, according to gem testing, garnets, rather than rubies. The setting of the smaller garnet at the far end has some slight damage, with the prongs mostly missing. The back part of the shank shows signs of having been resized (gone up a size), with the jeweler having done a high-quality job in recreating the intaglio detailing on the exterior shank face. Good, deep detailing and hallmarks otherwise.
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.