1907 Antique Ceylon Sapphire Ring 18k Gold Birmingham

An alluring British-made antique sapphire ring, fully hallmarked through the Birmingham assay office for the year 1907, and crafted of solid 18k yellow gold. A 0.5 carat natural ceylon sapphire is framed by a halo of natural saltwater pearls, the cluster further enhanced by an reticulated flower-like openwork setting framed by chased scrollwork decorative shoulders. The combination of ceylon sapphire with pearls and rich yellow gold makes for a deeply lovely color palette.

Under natural lighting, the coloring of the sapphire is a vibrant medium-blue bordering on an cornflower indigo– a quality Ceylon sapphire is most prized for. Weighing a good 4.1 grams, this ring is quite solid and well-made.

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Description

Date: 1907, Edwardian era

Size: USA 8.5, UK Q, EU 58

Materials: natural Ceylon Sapphire, 18k gold, natural pearls

Weight: 4.1 grams

Marks:
-[crown 18] for solid 18k gold
-[anchor] for the Birmingham assay office
-[letter h] year stamp for 1907
-[L & W] Jeweler’s or Sponsor’s mark

Diameter of ring face: 11.5 mm

Dimension of sapphire: 4.5 x 4 x 3.5 mm (approx. 0.5 carat)

Dimension of decorative shoulder: 9 x 5.5 mm

Width of shank: 2.8 – 3.3 mm

Thickness of shank: 0.9 – 1.2 mm

Condition: Under a jeweler’s loupe, I can see some wear along the facet edges of the sapphire (not really noticeable to the naked eye). Otherwise this ring is in excellent antique condition with all parts original.