Truly a beautifully executed Arts and Crafts ring in gold from the c1900 era in England. Very rarely have I seen an Arts and Crafts ring with such fine detail, in the leaves and flowers. It is a precise piece, and crafted in gold, which is rather a rarity too.
The pink, faceted synthetic ruby is astonishingly sparkly and such a fabulous shade of deep pink too. It is in excellent condition….no chips or scratches, thank goodness. The openwork detailing around the central gold bezel setting is so interesting and left me feeling like I could sense Henry Wilson in the execution, with the fusion of gold and silver in some of the work. For example at N and S positions, is a pair of leaves in silver, over which a beautifully-crafted gold flower has been placed. On each shoulder of the ring, a wide, lined silver motif has been placed, which is then accentuated with a remarkably detailed and slim gold leaf running vertically up to the stone.
The whole ring is completed with a typical double band, in gold. There is a tiny gold plaque on the inside of the band, which I assume held the maker’s mark at one time. Now rubbed, so I am frustrated in not being able to confirm the maker. However, a sumptuous piece of work, along the lines of Henry Wilson or even Bernard Cuzner. A beautiful thing in truly wonderful condition.
It measures as a UK size P.5 (US size 8). I will send in a new gift box for safe passage with Tracked and Signed delivery in the UK and by courier internationally. Thank you.