Georgian Graduated Stone "REGARD" Acrostic Ring

$2,300.00
About Details History
Acrostic jewelry came into fashion at the tail end of the Georgian era. Invented by the French jeweler Mellerio in 1809, the fad for the acrostic style swept over the European continent and Great Britain, and remained popular through the end of the 19th century. Acrostic jewelry uses the first letter of the name of a gemstone to spell a hidden message or word. In the case of this ring, the word "regard" (19th century vernacular equivalent to "I adore you") for is spelled using the stones ruby, emerald (is actually emerald paste but appears to be original to the ring), garnet, amethyst, ruby, diamond. The ring has an unusual (and quite bold) boat-shaped face, the graduated stones are mounted in closed back settings. Please take note that though this ring is in very good condition, it is also very old and may not be suitable for everyday wear.

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  • Materials: 15k yellow gold, 2.2mm ruby, 2.6mm emerald paste (appears to be original abraided top), 4.3 x 4mm garnet, 4.2 x 4.4mm amethyst (small chip table facet), 2.5 x 2.1mm ruby, 2mm rose cut diamond
  • Age: c. 1820
  • Condition: Very good- was re-shanked at some point with later hallmarks added, please see notes to gemstone condition above
  • Size: 9.75, can be resized for an additional fee of $90; 6.8mm head, 2mm hoop
  • Location: To see this ring in person please visit our shop in Nolita, NYC.
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GEORGIAN (1714 - 1837) The Georgian Era was named for the English Kings George I, II, III and IV. Within the powerful nations of France and England, fine gemstone jewelry was worn only by the extremely wealthy, and the styles were regal and ornate. As imperialist war raged in the Americas, Caribbean, Australia, and beyond, the jewelry industry benefited: colored gems from all over the empire became newly available. A mix of artistic influences from around Europe contributed to the feminine, glittering jewels of the era. Dense, ornate Baroque motifs from Italy showed up in Georgian jewelry, as did French Rococo’s undulating flora and fauna. Neoclassical style made use of Greek and Roman motifs, which were newly popular due to the recently uncovered ruins of Pompeii and Herculaneum. Lapidary methods improved: the dome-shaped rose cut was popular, as was the “old mine cut”, a very early iteration of today’s round brilliant cut. The boat-shaped marquise diamond cut was developed around this time, supposedly to imitate the smile of Louis XV’s mistress, the marquise de Pompadour. Paste—an imitation gemstone made from leaded glass—was newly developed in the 18th century, and set into jewelry with the same creativity and care as its more precious counterparts. Real and imitation gems were almost always set in closed-backed settings, lined on the underside with thin sheets of foil to enhance the color of the stone and highlight it's sparkle. This makes Georgian rings tough for modern women to wear, especially on an everyday basis: genteel, jewelry-owning ladies of the 18th century were not famous for working with their hands like we are. Nor did they wash their hands as much as we do. Water will virtually ruin a foiled setting, so take special care with your Georgian ring. Very little jewelry from this period is still in circulation, and it's very difficult to repair.
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About Details History
Acrostic jewelry came into fashion at the tail end of the Georgian era. Invented by the French jeweler Mellerio in 1809, the fad for the acrostic style swept over the European continent and Great Britain, and remained popular through the end of the 19th century. Acrostic jewelry uses the first letter of the name of a gemstone to spell a hidden message or word. In the case of this ring, the word "regard" (19th century vernacular equivalent to "I adore you") for is spelled using the stones ruby, emerald (is actually emerald paste but appears to be original to the ring), garnet, amethyst, ruby, diamond. The ring has an unusual (and quite bold) boat-shaped face, the graduated stones are mounted in closed back settings. Please take note that though this ring is in very good condition, it is also very old and may not be suitable for everyday wear.

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  • Materials: 15k yellow gold, 2.2mm ruby, 2.6mm emerald paste (appears to be original abraided top), 4.3 x 4mm garnet, 4.2 x 4.4mm amethyst (small chip table facet), 2.5 x 2.1mm ruby, 2mm rose cut diamond
  • Age: c. 1820
  • Condition: Very good- was re-shanked at some point with later hallmarks added, please see notes to gemstone condition above
  • Size: 9.75, can be resized for an additional fee of $90; 6.8mm head, 2mm hoop
  • Location: To see this ring in person please visit our shop in Nolita, NYC.
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GEORGIAN (1714 - 1837) The Georgian Era was named for the English Kings George I, II, III and IV. Within the powerful nations of France and England, fine gemstone jewelry was worn only by the extremely wealthy, and the styles were regal and ornate. As imperialist war raged in the Americas, Caribbean, Australia, and beyond, the jewelry industry benefited: colored gems from all over the empire became newly available. A mix of artistic influences from around Europe contributed to the feminine, glittering jewels of the era. Dense, ornate Baroque motifs from Italy showed up in Georgian jewelry, as did French Rococo’s undulating flora and fauna. Neoclassical style made use of Greek and Roman motifs, which were newly popular due to the recently uncovered ruins of Pompeii and Herculaneum. Lapidary methods improved: the dome-shaped rose cut was popular, as was the “old mine cut”, a very early iteration of today’s round brilliant cut. The boat-shaped marquise diamond cut was developed around this time, supposedly to imitate the smile of Louis XV’s mistress, the marquise de Pompadour. Paste—an imitation gemstone made from leaded glass—was newly developed in the 18th century, and set into jewelry with the same creativity and care as its more precious counterparts. Real and imitation gems were almost always set in closed-backed settings, lined on the underside with thin sheets of foil to enhance the color of the stone and highlight it's sparkle. This makes Georgian rings tough for modern women to wear, especially on an everyday basis: genteel, jewelry-owning ladies of the 18th century were not famous for working with their hands like we are. Nor did they wash their hands as much as we do. Water will virtually ruin a foiled setting, so take special care with your Georgian ring. Very little jewelry from this period is still in circulation, and it's very difficult to repair.
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