This pretty ring could be worn today by either a man or a woman. Offered by Ruby Lane seller MetierParis, they describe the ring this way: “An early 19th century gold ring, with deeply chased engraving of scrolls and flowers, set with a facetted ruby flanked by two old European cut diamonds. Designed in a unique oblong shape, it may have been designed as gentleman’s pinkie ring, though can be considered unisex today. It would make a unique engagement or wedding band. A unique and fine quality ring, very heavy for its size.
Similar workmanship is pictured on pages 104, 105 and 329 of Diana Scarisbrick’s “Rings: Jewelry of Power, Love and Loyalty” (Thames & Hudson, c. 2007) which dates this deeply chased workmanship to approximately the 1820s – 1830s.
Each diamond is approximately 0.20 carats; the ruby is approximately 0.50 carats.
Condition: Very good condition overall. The ruby shows loupe-visible wear at the facets. One side of the gold setting has slight wear to the decoration, probably from rubbing against another ring when worn in a stack.
Size: size 5 US, sizing up would be difficult without the disrupting the pattern. Sizing down slightly may be possible by soldering gold beads on the inside of the band. Weight: 13.8 grams Hallmarks: French guarantee mark, tests as 18k gold, possibly English in origin.”
It is selling for USD$3,800.