Mid Victorian Turquoise and Lozenge Ring

$2,650.00
About Details History
With a large scale and dynamic face, this mid Victorian lozenge-shaped ring dazzles with rose cut diamonds and rectangular turquoise cabochons. The clean white stones radiate out from the center in gentle arcs highlighted with lines of open work. Turquoise is a porous stone susceptible to color change through age and exposure, these stones all would have been a bright robin's egg blue when this ring was made, but over the last 150 years or so they have altered in hue and range in color from blue to a sage-y green. The mounting has a matte finish and features a rose cut diamond at each shoulder. There is a worn stamp on the exterior of the shank that is too rubbed to say definitively, but most likely it is a hallmark indicating French assay.

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  • Materials: 18k yellow gold (tests), turquoise rectangular cabochons, 24 rose cut diamonds approximately .50ctw
  • Age: c. 1860
  • Condition: Very good
  • Size: 6.75, can be resized for an additional fee of $90; 2.16 x 1.05cm head, 1.9mm hoop
  • Location: To see this ring in person please visit our shop in Nolita, NYC.
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VICTORIAN (1837 - 1901) The Western world was thoroughly transformed during Queen Victoria’s epically long reign. New technology, urbanization, and industrialization created a middle class flush with disposable income, and for the first time, jewelry was mass-produced to sell to everyone. The Victorians were avid consumers and novelty-seekers, especially when it came to fashion, and numerous fads came and went throughout the 19th century. In jewelry, whatever fashion choices Queen V. made reverberated throughout the kingdom. The Romantic period reflected the queen’s legendary love for her husband, Albert. Jewelry from this period featured joyful designs like flowers, hearts, and birds, all which often had symbolic meaning. The queen’s betrothal ring was made in the shape of a snake, which stood for love, fidelity, and eternity. The exuberant tone shifted after Prince Albert passed away in 1861, marking the beginning of the Grand Period. Black jewelry became de rigeur as the Queen and her subjects entered “mourning,” which at the time represented not just an emotional state, as we conceive of it today, but a specific manner of conduct and dress. She wore the color black for the remainder of her life, and we see lots of black onyx, enamel, jet, and gutta percha in the jewelry from this time. Finally, during the late Victorian period, which transitioned along with a rapidly changing world into the “Aesthetic Movemement”, there was a return to organic and whimsical motifs: serpents, crescent moons, animals, and Japonaisserie designed for the more liberated “Gibson Girl”. During the second half of the 19th century, America entered the global jewelry market, with Tiffany and Co. leading the way. Lapidaries continued to perfect their techniques, and the old European cut emerged toward the end of the Victorian period. The discovery of rich diamond mines in South Africa made the colorless stones more accessible than ever before.
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About Details History
With a large scale and dynamic face, this mid Victorian lozenge-shaped ring dazzles with rose cut diamonds and rectangular turquoise cabochons. The clean white stones radiate out from the center in gentle arcs highlighted with lines of open work. Turquoise is a porous stone susceptible to color change through age and exposure, these stones all would have been a bright robin's egg blue when this ring was made, but over the last 150 years or so they have altered in hue and range in color from blue to a sage-y green. The mounting has a matte finish and features a rose cut diamond at each shoulder. There is a worn stamp on the exterior of the shank that is too rubbed to say definitively, but most likely it is a hallmark indicating French assay.

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  • Materials: 18k yellow gold (tests), turquoise rectangular cabochons, 24 rose cut diamonds approximately .50ctw
  • Age: c. 1860
  • Condition: Very good
  • Size: 6.75, can be resized for an additional fee of $90; 2.16 x 1.05cm head, 1.9mm hoop
  • Location: To see this ring in person please visit our shop in Nolita, NYC.
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VICTORIAN (1837 - 1901) The Western world was thoroughly transformed during Queen Victoria’s epically long reign. New technology, urbanization, and industrialization created a middle class flush with disposable income, and for the first time, jewelry was mass-produced to sell to everyone. The Victorians were avid consumers and novelty-seekers, especially when it came to fashion, and numerous fads came and went throughout the 19th century. In jewelry, whatever fashion choices Queen V. made reverberated throughout the kingdom. The Romantic period reflected the queen’s legendary love for her husband, Albert. Jewelry from this period featured joyful designs like flowers, hearts, and birds, all which often had symbolic meaning. The queen’s betrothal ring was made in the shape of a snake, which stood for love, fidelity, and eternity. The exuberant tone shifted after Prince Albert passed away in 1861, marking the beginning of the Grand Period. Black jewelry became de rigeur as the Queen and her subjects entered “mourning,” which at the time represented not just an emotional state, as we conceive of it today, but a specific manner of conduct and dress. She wore the color black for the remainder of her life, and we see lots of black onyx, enamel, jet, and gutta percha in the jewelry from this time. Finally, during the late Victorian period, which transitioned along with a rapidly changing world into the “Aesthetic Movemement”, there was a return to organic and whimsical motifs: serpents, crescent moons, animals, and Japonaisserie designed for the more liberated “Gibson Girl”. During the second half of the 19th century, America entered the global jewelry market, with Tiffany and Co. leading the way. Lapidaries continued to perfect their techniques, and the old European cut emerged toward the end of the Victorian period. The discovery of rich diamond mines in South Africa made the colorless stones more accessible than ever before.
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