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Victorian Egg-Shaped 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 Georgian period, 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 that specified who was allowed to wear them. This unusual Victorian ring set with a large, egg-shaped split pearl was made at a more egalitarian time in history and could have been worn by anyone who could afford to buy it.

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  • Materials

    18k gold, 10.8mm x 9mm pearl

  • Age

    c. 1870

  • Condition

    Good - chip to the nacre on the tapered end of the pearl; stabilizing bar was added to the back of the pearl at some point; surface wear commensurate with age and use

  • Size

    6, can be resized; 12.1mm head, 1.8mm shank

Victorian

Aboutthe

VictorianEra

18371901

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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