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    Posted 6 years ago

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    Hello CollectorsWeekly community!
    First post here, but have enjoyed reading other posts for quite some time. Hoping the collective brilliant minds can help me identify a recent purchase!

    This ring was marketed as "antique victorian" from the late 19th century. Dealer said it was completely hand made with 14kt gold with 15 small sing-cut natural rubies. I took it to my local jeweler who believes they are natural rubies and thinks the gold is actually 18kt.

    There is an unusual maker's mark on the outside of the shank pictured in the last picture. The dealer didn't know what it was and neither did my jeweler. My jeweler actually thinks the ring could be from South America (or europe). There are no other marks on the ring.

    Any thoughts or ideas? I haven't come across many victorian jewelry pieces that have rub over settings like this.

    Thank you CW community!

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    1. kyratango kyratango, 6 years ago
      Wow! That's a beautiful ring!

      The table cut stones and the closed back setting, plus the ornate shank (with a fleur de lys) tell it is a 18 th century piece!

      The mark is surely a hallmark rather than a maker's mark (were not in use then).
      Very difficult to decipher as it is very rubbed from age.

      Welcome to CW :-)
    2. aissia aissia, 6 years ago
      Great piece to start your story with us :). Definitely a great find!
    3. TubeAmp TubeAmp, 6 years ago
      It may not be a mark at all, but a leaf pattern that went all around the shank, now obscured by age.

      T A

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