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c1800 Aqua Paste Ring

c1800 Aqua Paste Ring (on white background)
c1800 Aqua Paste Ring (side view)
c1800 Aqua Paste Ring (backside view)
c1800 Aqua Paste Ring (detail view)
c1800 Aqua Paste Ring (side view)
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A beautiful and rare Georgian-era ring set with various shaped aqua-colored cut crystal (paste) arranged in a large-scale radiating design. Built in silver and supported with gold griffin heads on the shank. Typical of the period, the stones are foil-backed to give them additional brightness. Some of the foils have oxidized green giving the stones a tinge of teal. The ring was likely made in Portugal in the late 18th century. There are later French hallmarks on the shank, suggesting it was imported there in the early 20th century.

Currently a size 9 and could be resized in the 8 to 10 range for $75. Due to the age and construction of this ring, it's not well suited to everyday wear, and care should be taken to keep it away from water.

Materials

Paste (Leaded Glass Crystal), Gold and Silver

Date

c1800 (Has partial French hallmarks from c1905 suggesting it was imported and marked there at that time)

Condition

Fair, but commensurate with age and all original. Many stones have abrasions and small chips. Some foils have darkened or oxidized green, but most are bright. Evidence of resizing, which may have removed part of the French hallmarks.

Size

US Size 9 (could be resized in the 8 to 10 range for $75)
North to South: 27mm