Victorian 18k Gold Half Hoop Natural Pearl Ring

A lusciously beautiful 18k gold early Victorian ring, featuring five natural saltwater pearls set within a halo of smaller seed pearls. The design and arrangement of the half pearls, along with the closed foil back, hews to earlier Georgian traditions.

Prior to the emergence of cultured pearls with artificial nuclei in the early 20th century, naturally harvested sea pearls were historically valued as a great scarcity of nature, and often commanded prices higher than that of diamonds. Prized for their symbolism of purity, pearls were choice gemstones for women, and pearl rings were commonly given as betrothal and sentimental tokens.

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Description

Date: 1840 – 60s, early Victorian era

Ring size: USA 6, UK L, EU 51.5

Materials: natural saltwater pearls, 18k gold

Weight: 3 grams

Marks:
– [18] for solid 18k gold
– [CG] maker’s or sponsor’s mark
(the rest of the hallmarks, including year stamp was lost when a previous owner sized the ring down)

Diameter of pearls: 3.5 mm (center pearls), 1.5 mm (outer pearls)

Width of ring face: 7.8 mm

Width of shank: 2.9 – 4.2 mm

Thickness of shank: 0.9 – 1.2 mm

Condition: excellent antique condition. Upon loupe magnification, I can spot some jeweler’s epoxy in the spaces between pearls.