Across the Ocean

Fine Victorian ruby & diamond ring in high karat gold, circa 1900

Very high quality gemstones are often found in English jewellery of the Victorian era. After Queen Victoria was crowned Empress of India in 1877, the door to the precious gems of the Indian subcontinent was opened to the traders of the British Empire. Rubies, sapphires and emeralds as well as large diamonds arrived in Europe by sea. They were eagerly taken up by the goldsmiths in London and the other great centres of England to be made into jewellery for the ladies of the bourgeoisie. This gold ring dates from that era, and its combination of fine rubies and beautiful old-cut diamonds is an instant hit. Diamonds and rubies are set alternately in the front of the ring, where they unfold a warm, sparkling play of light. All stones are set á jour in yellow gold to allow the gemstones sufficient light and to highlight their radiance particularly well. The ring band itself is made of a somewhat warmer, slightly reddish gold. The ring came to us from London and convinces not only by its perfect preservation, but also its first-class gemstones.

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We want you to be 100% satisfied! That’s why we examine, describe and photograph all our jewellery with the utmost care.

If for any reason you are still not satisfied, contact us and we will find a mutual solution immediately. Regardless, you can return any item within 30 days and we will refund you the full purchase price.