Pearls of Wisdom : Early Victorian Pearl Ring in 15ct Gold

In my opinion a pearl half hoop has to be one of the most romantic rings of all time, and a double hoop doubly so. Pearls are believed to be the first gemstone collected and coveted by mankind, they’ve been attributed with healing powers – even the ability to protect you from dragons! In Victorian times pearls symbolised modesty, chastity, and purity. They’ve been a favourite with European brides for hundreds of years. In my opinion no antique ring collection is complete without a pearl band, and if this one was a good fit for me it would have disappeared into my jewellery box! You can wear them with any ensemble – from jeans and a t-shirt to a little black dress. They add that special little something ✨ You’ll thank yourself for your great sense of style every time you pop it on – which will be often.

This is an unusual example dating to the late Georgian or very early Victorian Era, circa 1830-1840. 14 split seed pearls of a silvery hue have been claw set into individual bezels in a handmade 15ct gold ring. Each pearl is approximately 2.2mm in diameter. The gallery features a delicate scalloping pattern and the shoulders have beautiful hand carved floral flourishes. For me the detail that elevates this pearl ring above others is the intricate gold bobbles between each row of pearls. I absolutely love it!

You can see a little video of this ring on my Instagram @secret_histories or online here.

Description

From the early Victorian Era, circa 1840 – a double row of silvery seed pearls, all well matched in colour and in glorious condition set into a thick 15ct yellow gold setting with scrolling rococo shoulders reminiscent of the Georgian era.

The ring bears no hallmarks – which is to be expected in rings of this age – but has been XRF tested to verify 15ct gold content.

Size P1/2 or 8

Additional information

Era

Victorian (circa 1840)

Dimensions

The face of the ring measures approx. 20mm from shoulder to shoulder. It is 6mm wide.
The band at the back of the ring is 2.2mm wide and 1mm thick.

Ring Size

Large
UK/Aus P1/2
US 8

Resizable?

Slightly – please contact prior to purchase to confirm resisability to your size.

Metal

15 karat gold

Gemstone(s)

14 natural split seed pearls, each approximately 2.5mm diameter