Imperial Russian Silver Prayer Ring

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A fascinating and heartbreakingly well-loved ring from Imperialist Russia. The words translate to something like "The most holy mother save us", and nearly all of the blue enamel has been rubbed away through wear (and possibly prayer.) Three hallmarks inside give us lots of details. One is an image of a peasant woman(!). Another is an assay stamp which was in use until 1908, so we know the ring was made before then. Last, we see the number 84, which meant "84 Zolotniks", or .875 silver, which was the legal minimum standard for jewelry beginning in 1798. At the time this ring was made, Russia was under the rule of Czar Nicholas 2, the Russian Revolution was still a few years in the future, and the people were among the poorest in Europe. 

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  • Materials: .875 silver, traces of blue enamel
  • Age: c. 1900
  • Condition: very lovingly worn
  • Size: Currently this ring is a US size 7.5 and cannot be resized. 
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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
A fascinating and heartbreakingly well-loved ring from Imperialist Russia. The words translate to something like "The most holy mother save us", and nearly all of the blue enamel has been rubbed away through wear (and possibly prayer.) Three hallmarks inside give us lots of details. One is an image of a peasant woman(!). Another is an assay stamp which was in use until 1908, so we know the ring was made before then. Last, we see the number 84, which meant "84 Zolotniks", or .875 silver, which was the legal minimum standard for jewelry beginning in 1798. At the time this ring was made, Russia was under the rule of Czar Nicholas 2, the Russian Revolution was still a few years in the future, and the people were among the poorest in Europe. 

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  • Materials: .875 silver, traces of blue enamel
  • Age: c. 1900
  • Condition: very lovingly worn
  • Size: Currently this ring is a US size 7.5 and cannot be resized. 
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more
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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