Monday, 20 January 2014

Opals, seed pearls and diamonds

Also new to the shop this week are these three antique rings. 

A popular motif with Victorians, buckles were used in jewellery including rings and bracelets to symbolise eternity, fidelity, loyalty, strength and protection. Similarly to snakes, the buckle curves around the wearer and fastens like a loop to create a never-ending/eternal circle. 

This hallmarked 9ct gold antique ring has been beautifully engraved and wraps around the wearer's finger - what an old fashioned way to be cherished by your loved one. For more details, click here.

Opals are said to be one of the most powerful healing stones, as well as the stone of hope and the stone of love to faithful lovers. 

Also the birthstone for October, this pretty vintage 9ct gold half eternity ring features seven vibrant blue opals. Perfect for wearing alone or as part of a ring stack, the gold band has been shaped to sit perfectly with other rings. For more information, click here.

Diamonds and pearls are two of the most common stones found in Victorian jewellery. Often used together in mourning jewellery, seed pearls represented tears and diamonds symbolised immortality of life.

This dainty Victorian gold ring features a central, gypsy set diamond, surrounded on either side by two seed pearls. The ring is also prettily engraved around the stones and on the shoulders.

As well as the detailed work to the front of the ring, the inside or the shank is just as interesting. Although not hallmarked (tested as at least 9ct gold), the ring has been loving hand engraved with the letters and date "R.T. to A.U.S 18/6/98". Could this be commemorating a romance between two lovers, a marriage or a death of a loved one? The sentiment is unclear, but the history this delicate ring holds makes it all the more cherished. To find out more, click here.

Keep a look out for more new shop items this week.

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