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Edwardian Pearl Crossover Ring

$800

Pearls have been highly prized throughout history and across cultures. Ancient Romans considered pearls to be the superlative display of status and wealth; the Greeks prized pearls for their unparalleled beauty and associated the gem with matrimony; and in a possibly apocryphal story, Cleopatra is said to have dissolved a pearl in a glass of wine and drunk it down to win a bet with Mark Antony that she could consume the wealth of an entire nation in one meal. In much more recent history, Jacques Cartier bought his store on Fifth Avenue in 1916 with just two pearl necklaces. This Edwardian ring is set with an array of pearls in a crossover design - note how the “finial” pearls on both shoulders are not bezel set but rather half-drilled and attached with pegs.

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  • Materials

    9k gold (marked), pearls

  • Age

    Birmingham hallmarks for 1913

  • Condition

    Very good

  • Size

    6.25, can be resized; 1.5cm head, 1.8mm shank

Edwardian

Aboutthe

EdwardianEra

19001910

please note:Terms of Sale

Antiques can be returned unworn and in original condition within 10 days of delivery for an exchange or refund minus the cost of shipping. Once a piece has been altered, including ring re-sizing, it is FINAL SALE.

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