Edwardian Horseshoe Ring with Rose Cut Diamonds

$1,500.00
About Details History
There are myriad theories as to how the horseshoe came to be a symbol of good luck. One of the most compelling theories is that the horseshoe evokes the shape of a crescent moon, which many ancient cultures believed to influence the bounty of crops and effect the events of everyday life. Amulets in this shape such as animal horns, the mano cornuto (the sign of the horns co-opted by 20th century metalheads, but originally used as early as Ancient Rome as anti-witch gesture and/or talisman), and yes, also the horseshoe, have been used the world over as a protection against the evil eye and bringer of fortune. Another interesting postulate is that it's not the shape, but rather the metal itself (iron) that works to protect the wearer or dwelling where it is employed. Pliny the Elder wrote that iron nails hammered into the doorway of a home would guard against night spirits. In Arab mythology, the demons known as Jinn could be exorcised by merely speaking the word "iron". Whatever the explanation, across centuries and cultures, the horseshoe is widely believed to be a bringer of luck. This Edwardian horseshoe ring is fashioned in 18k yellow gold with a lucky 7 rose cut diamonds.

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  • Materials: 18k yellow gold, 7 x 1.2mm rose cut diamonds
  • Age: c. 1900
  • Condition: Excellent - most likely converted to a ring from a stickpin
  • Size: 6.5, can be resized for an additional fee of $90; 11/16" x 5/8" head, 2.3mm hoop
  • Location: To see this ring in person please visit our shop in Nolita, NYC.
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EDWARDIAN (1900 - 1910) The Edwardian era gets its name from King Edward VII’s brief reign at the beginning of the 20th century. His Danish bride Alexandra was young, lovely, and fashionable; with a taste for trendy pieces rendered in diamonds and pearls. The jewelry tended toward airy lightness, often in the form of lacy filigree. The world was changing rapidly, but lots of the jewelry still reflected the Victorian ideals of decorum and femininity. Ancient Roman and Greek influences remained popular. “White” jewelry became popular as plentiful deposits of platinum were discovered in Russia and improved smelting technology made it possible for jewelers to work in the noble metal. Platinum was seldom used by jewelers in earlier years owing both to its scarcity and high melting point. The jewelry trade took advantage of its rigid strength to create opulent openwork settings for increasingly brilliant diamonds. The old European cut was perfected, rounder and squatter than old mine. This took stone-cutting one step closer to the mathematically perfect round brilliant cut, which is the most popular diamond cut today. The now-iconic square Asscher cut was patented in 1902. Hot on the heels of platinum, the alloy mixture that produces white gold was formulated and patented in 1915 in New York City. With Europe in the grip of WW1, the American jewelry industry was poised to become a world leader and innovator.
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About Details History
There are myriad theories as to how the horseshoe came to be a symbol of good luck. One of the most compelling theories is that the horseshoe evokes the shape of a crescent moon, which many ancient cultures believed to influence the bounty of crops and effect the events of everyday life. Amulets in this shape such as animal horns, the mano cornuto (the sign of the horns co-opted by 20th century metalheads, but originally used as early as Ancient Rome as anti-witch gesture and/or talisman), and yes, also the horseshoe, have been used the world over as a protection against the evil eye and bringer of fortune. Another interesting postulate is that it's not the shape, but rather the metal itself (iron) that works to protect the wearer or dwelling where it is employed. Pliny the Elder wrote that iron nails hammered into the doorway of a home would guard against night spirits. In Arab mythology, the demons known as Jinn could be exorcised by merely speaking the word "iron". Whatever the explanation, across centuries and cultures, the horseshoe is widely believed to be a bringer of luck. This Edwardian horseshoe ring is fashioned in 18k yellow gold with a lucky 7 rose cut diamonds.

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  • Materials: 18k yellow gold, 7 x 1.2mm rose cut diamonds
  • Age: c. 1900
  • Condition: Excellent - most likely converted to a ring from a stickpin
  • Size: 6.5, can be resized for an additional fee of $90; 11/16" x 5/8" head, 2.3mm hoop
  • Location: To see this ring in person please visit our shop in Nolita, NYC.
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EDWARDIAN (1900 - 1910) The Edwardian era gets its name from King Edward VII’s brief reign at the beginning of the 20th century. His Danish bride Alexandra was young, lovely, and fashionable; with a taste for trendy pieces rendered in diamonds and pearls. The jewelry tended toward airy lightness, often in the form of lacy filigree. The world was changing rapidly, but lots of the jewelry still reflected the Victorian ideals of decorum and femininity. Ancient Roman and Greek influences remained popular. “White” jewelry became popular as plentiful deposits of platinum were discovered in Russia and improved smelting technology made it possible for jewelers to work in the noble metal. Platinum was seldom used by jewelers in earlier years owing both to its scarcity and high melting point. The jewelry trade took advantage of its rigid strength to create opulent openwork settings for increasingly brilliant diamonds. The old European cut was perfected, rounder and squatter than old mine. This took stone-cutting one step closer to the mathematically perfect round brilliant cut, which is the most popular diamond cut today. The now-iconic square Asscher cut was patented in 1902. Hot on the heels of platinum, the alloy mixture that produces white gold was formulated and patented in 1915 in New York City. With Europe in the grip of WW1, the American jewelry industry was poised to become a world leader and innovator.
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