After some painstaking restoration work, we're presenting this rare, very special Georgian era ring featuring a dove perched amid flowers and leaves. The "tranche de vie" is rendered in silver and set with a ruby (eye!) and rose cut diamonds on a ground of deep blue enamel. The scene is framed in a soft rectangular halo of 27 rose cut diamonds, also set in silver, atop a rose gold mounting. The ring, now fully revitalized and ready for a new life, was made around 1800 and is most likely French in origin.Putting birds on things since 1800.
Engagement rings weren't commonly exchanged during the Georgian era. But when they were, they typically featured one or sometimes two heart(s) to symbolize the union. The twin hearts represent the couple - bound by love - and the diamond crown arcing over the pair indicates the reign of fidelity over the marriage. The gemstones themselves also have significance: the emerald is the preserver of love, the ruby represents passion, and the diamonds symbolize longevity. The enameled words along the hoop say in French "Unis Par L'Amour" or "United by Love".Unis par L'amour
This unique little hybrid ring is equal parts 19th and 20th century. The 14k gold Victorian band is engraved "Tillie Bradshaw Nov 4th 1867". It's not entirely clear what the band was used for; it's not a mourning ring, but the dedication is unusual for a wedding band or keepsake. The .35ct transitional cut diamond (inclusions visible to the unaided eye) was added to the band much later, probably in the 1960s or '70s. Best guess as to how this pretty Frankenstein of a ring got made: someone creative came into some family jewelry and decided to improvise.Go For The Gold