Knight in Shining Armor Signet Ring

$1,200.00
About Details History

This fantastic signet ring dates to the early 20th century and is fashioned in 18k yellow gold and platinum. The face of the ring features a man in armor holding a lance. After combing the books on crests and heraldry, we have found a handful of family crests that are close, but just not quite right. For example, the Fullwood crest features a demi-man in armor holding a broken tilting spear in his dexter (right) hand. Nope, tilting spear is another name for a lance, and our demi-man's weapon is intact. And then there is the family of Elliot, whose crest depicts a demi-man in armor holding a pike in his dexter hand. No again, our man is definitely holding a lance. The list goes on, but to the best of our knowledge, this signet ring is made in the heraldic style, but does not belong to a specific family. Since laying eyes on this tiny knight, we have not been able to get the Rolling Stones' "Emotional Rescue" out of our heads. So let's assign this noble demi-man to the House of Jagger-Richards.

"I will be your knight in shining armor
Riding across the desert on a fine Arab charger"

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  • Materials: 18k yellow gold, platinum
  • Age: c. 1910-20
  • Condition: Excellent - some light surface scratching commensurate with age and use, gold visible through the knight's chest plate
  • Size: US 6, can be resized for an additional fee of $90; 10.4mm head, 2.5mm hoop
  • Location: To see this ring in person, please visit our shop in Boerum Hill, Brooklyn.
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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

This fantastic signet ring dates to the early 20th century and is fashioned in 18k yellow gold and platinum. The face of the ring features a man in armor holding a lance. After combing the books on crests and heraldry, we have found a handful of family crests that are close, but just not quite right. For example, the Fullwood crest features a demi-man in armor holding a broken tilting spear in his dexter (right) hand. Nope, tilting spear is another name for a lance, and our demi-man's weapon is intact. And then there is the family of Elliot, whose crest depicts a demi-man in armor holding a pike in his dexter hand. No again, our man is definitely holding a lance. The list goes on, but to the best of our knowledge, this signet ring is made in the heraldic style, but does not belong to a specific family. Since laying eyes on this tiny knight, we have not been able to get the Rolling Stones' "Emotional Rescue" out of our heads. So let's assign this noble demi-man to the House of Jagger-Richards.

"I will be your knight in shining armor
Riding across the desert on a fine Arab charger"

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  • Materials: 18k yellow gold, platinum
  • Age: c. 1910-20
  • Condition: Excellent - some light surface scratching commensurate with age and use, gold visible through the knight's chest plate
  • Size: US 6, can be resized for an additional fee of $90; 10.4mm head, 2.5mm hoop
  • Location: To see this ring in person, please visit our shop in Boerum Hill, Brooklyn.
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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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