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Georgian Nearly Eternity Pearl Ring

$1,800

Throughout history, pearls have been one of the most coveted of all gemstones. In the centuries upon centuries before the invention of the cultured pearl, these organic gemstones were extraordinarily rare and highly prized. In the 18th century, a strand of pearls of matched color and size could command a greater price than jewels set with diamonds, rubies, or emeralds. Pearls were included in European sumptuary laws and there were strict regulations denoting who was allowed to wear them. This c. 1800 era pearl (almost) eternity ring was made at a (slightly) more egalitarian time in history and could have been worn by anyone who could afford to buy it (which really wouldn't have been many at the turn of the 19th century). Originally, this was probably an eternity ring and at some point gold was added to size it up.

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  • Materials

    10k gold (tests), pearls

  • Age

    c. 1820

  • Condition

    Very good - some pearls are replacements of the originals

  • Size

    8, resizing not recommended; 3.9mm head, 2.6mm shank

Georgian

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17141837

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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