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Welcome to the beauty, history and art that is vintage jewelry. We buy and sell vintage rhinestone, costume, designer, bakelite and antique Georgian & Victorian jewelry, purses and accessories.
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All jewelry is in excellent vintage condition unless specified otherwise.  All items are subject to prior sale.
We work constantly to offer extensive jewelry research, pictures and information in our reference, " Jewel Chat " and gallery " Morning Glory Collects ". 
We share our reference material free of charge and work hard to make it accurate, but as with any research, mistakes can be made. We are not responsible for the use you make of the information here or the honest mistakes that may occur from time to time.
We do not offer identification, valuation or appraisal services. 

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Dating Rings, Victorian to 1930s

 

Late 1700s to 1840s
It is always fun when a ring is inscribed with a date, taking the guess work out of circa dating. Although jewelry is sometimes seen with a much later inscription, that is not the norm. Rings from the early 1800s that are not dated may also have features to help identify them. Stones in that period were often set in a close-backed mounting, and sometimes foiled as well. Stones in the rings could also be set in a silver head with a karat gold band and rose cut diamonds, all typical of this time period. Hair and memorial rings were worn by both men and women. 
 

 

GEORGIAN Stuart crystal ring with gold wire cipher on the inside, size 9-1/2, stone is 1/2" by 1/2". The crystal is a faceted octagon with a tiny layer of hair under the bottom and a dash of rose pink coloring.    View   View   View   View   View   View   View   #V33264

 

GEORGIAN 12 karat yellow gold double serpent ring with rose cut diamond center in a closed back setting, circa 1810-1830, size 9-1/2, weight 4.664 grams. The diamond is set in a pinched silver collet rim and the scale design wraps around the entire ring. The diamond is 3.3 to 3.6 mm, difficult to measure in this setting. The color is a foil backed light brown and it has a tiny broken edge visible only under magnification.    View   View   View   View   #V34580

GEORGIAN 10 karat gold and  foil backed rose cut diamonds by-pass ring with two rose cut diamonds, one 4.2 x 4.8 mm, one 4.1 x 4.9 mm, and six 2.1 to 2.4 mm diamonds; clarity S1 to I-1, color foil backed with slight tint, total weight 2.241 grams. This ring is a size 9, and is 7/16" along the finger at the front and the band is 1/8" wide at the back. Circa 1800-1820, the the two larger diamonds are set in pinched collet rims.    View   View   #V34571

 

   
GEORGIAN or VICTORIAN high domed rock crystal cabochon ring with reverse carved and painted robin bird on a branch with oak leaves. The setting also has has three leaves in gold on each side of the center cabochon. The ring is a size 9 and 3/4" along the finger, the cabochon is a very deep 1/3" with some scratching visible under magnification, some paint missing inside as can be seen in the photos. The band, which may be later-added, is hallmarked for 9ct gold, "375", maker "T&S",  "9 375 R" in a hexagon mark, cabochon tests as rock crystal, band tests 10k, cabochon setting tests 14k. NOTE: That is my windows reflected in the left side of the dome. This is reflective and seems to almost glow from inside the dome.  View   View   View   View   View   #V37432 GEORGIAN 15 carat ring with hair underneath crystal, initials "AC" made of tiny pearls and woven hair under the crystal front, which is surrounded by seed pearls, and engraved on the back "Alice Coleman, obt 10 Jan'y 1795, at 39", size 9-3/4, 3/4" across front.  It comes in a box from the well-known shop "Cameo Corner Ltd., 26 Museum Street, London WCI.     View   View   View   View   View   #V33339

 

 

VICTORIAN 10-14k Tassie cameo portrait of "Mad" King George II, (1738-1820), size 5 and 3/4" by 5/8" along the finger. This material for making cameos was invented by James Tassie late 18th century. The blue coloring at 3 o'clock on the ring is probably a manufacturing error at the time it was made since the blue color is also under the top layer of the white cameo, seen from the side. The total weight is about .26 ounces. Hallmarks on the band are crown 375 tiger face and cursive "D" maker's mark "B G", band tests 10k, front tests 14k, so I am thinking it is possible that he band may not be original to the ring. There are no other signs that it was ever anything else, though.   View  View   View   View   View    #V37534


 

 

VICTORIAN 18 carat yellow gold early 1800s ring with central diamond, four pearls and black enamel, size 7-3/4.    View   View   #V32118

 GEORGIAN memorial hair ring with pearl surround and blonde hair. Size 7-1/4 and engraved, " Joseph Dixon died 16th Jan.y 1815 aged 50".  Engraving   #V15165  

  GEORGIAN 18k yellow gold and banded agate memorial ring, hallmarked London, engraved "Michael Simpson died 12 July 1835 Age 40 Years" and dated 1835, size 7-1/4, as is.    View   View   #K29309


 

 
GEORGIAN 9 karat yellow gold, seed pearl and hair mourning ring inscribed "En. Thornton obt 8 Nov 1802 at 54". That makes it over 200 years old! The size is 8-3/4 and it is 1/2" along the finger at the front. Total weight about .13 ounces. There are scratches on the crystal, visible under magnification, but the braided hair can be easily seen through it. What a treasure from another age.  View   View   #V36262  GEORGIAN 14 karat gold hair ring on blue enamel with seed pearls and hair bows under glass, engraved "WC ob 5 Sept 1790 at 74", with original box,  It is set above blue foil or blue enamel, even under magnification it is hard to tell which. Fabulous detail and design in this 220-year-old ring. The size is 7-3/4 and it is 1-1/4" along the finger. It came to me in it's own little blue ring box.    View   View   View   View   #V35889  

 

Circa 1860 to 1890
Jewelry catalogues came into vogue along with the mass production of jewelry. Looking at the illustrations and written descriptions is a definitive way to date pieces. Hair jewelry was still popular and could be fashioned as a home craft or ordered from catalogues. Taille d'epargne enamel work became very popular, as did mosaic and Mizpah rings. Jewelry of this era can be a bit heavier and more somber that later jewelry.

 

 

 

VICTORIAN memorial ring in gold with black enameling marked "SH Chamberlaine Ob 23AUG1866" around the outside and engraved inside, size 7-1/2. See "Warman's Jewelry, 3rd Ed, page 36. Another ring similar to this can be seen in "Jewels & Jewelry" by Clare Phillips on page 140-3 and in Becker's "Antique & Twentieth Century Jewelry" on page 54,. View   View    View    View  #V25015 

VICTORIAN 14k ring with woven hair inside, size 7-1/4. See Bell's "Collector's Encyclopedia of Hairwork Jewelry" page 185.  View   #V15458
View Victorian hair ring as shown in the A. Bernhard & Co. Catalogue, 1870

  VICTORIAN  hair ring with shield front, size 9-1/4.   #V21550

 

 

 PAGE 61 of Victorian hair rings.
A. Bernhard & Co. Catalogue, 1870

VICTORIAN hair set in gold ring with initials "MPH", size 6-1/2.   View   #V31359

PAGE 13 of Victorian hair jewelry: bracelets, brooches, rings, charms and pendants.
A. Bernhard & Co. Catalogue, 1870

 

 

VICTORIAN taille d'epargne black enamel and seed pearl ring, rectangular shape with seed pearl, circa 1870.  View   #V3495 

 VICTORIAN 18k yellow gold micro mosaic doves ring, 3/4" front, size 7.    View    #V27582   

 VICTORIAN 10k yellow gold garnet and seed pearl ring in original box, size 6, 1/2" at front, circa 1880.   View   View   View   View   View   View   #G29710

 

  
VICTORIAN 14k white and yellow gold pierced square topped ring with diamond chips and center ruby.    View   #G25981 VICTORIAN ring with an emerald, a sapphire and a diamond, circa 1880, very faint remains of engraved date and initials inside the band.    View   View  #G22937  VICTORIAN 18k yellow gold ring with .59ct total weight rubies and .35ct total weight diamonds, size 7.   View   #G28479

 

VICTORIAN sterling silver Mizpah ring hallmarked Birmingham 1882-3, size 7-1/4, 1/4" across front and gently tapering back to 3-16" at back.   View   #V31541 

VICTORIAN sterling silver hand made mizpah ring, hallmarked "P&T", Birmingham, 1862, size 8, 1/4" wide at front and 1/8" wide at back.   View   View   #V31337

PEARL cross-over ring, circa 1910.    #Gco

 

 

RING 9k and black enameled ring initial "J", circa 1890, size 6-3/4.   #G21551  

"Fine solid gold and stone rings".
E.V. Roddin Catalogue, 1887-1889

  VICTORIAN 14k yellow gold amethyst ring with inset rose and diamond, size 7-1/4.   View   #G28037
"Real amethyst, diamond inlaid".

 

 

VICTORIAN Masonic Knights Templar "In Hoc Signo Vinces" (In this sign conquer) ring marked inside,  "Princes, Patn Aug-26-90". Size 7-3/4.   View    #G21484

 VICTORIAN 14k yellow gold ring with purple stone and seed pearls, size 8.   View   #G27827

RING 14 yellow gold ring, long-ways mounted garnet with seed pearls, engraved inside "George to Lilly G., 8-1878", size 6-1/4 and measures 1/2" across the front.   View   View   #K31783

 

 
VICTORIAN 18 karat yellow gold "I Cling to Thee" ring with a cross motif in diamonds, hallmarked Chester England 1884 and maker marked "BHJ", weighs about .13ozs. A beautiful sentiment on a beautiful and unusual ring.  View   View   #V36310  VICTORIAN 1842 ring with diamonds in a flower shape set on blue enamel in 15 carat yellow gold, hallmarked for 1842 London and marked "WE" for William Eaton and the number "8", size 9-1/2 and 1/2" along the finger.  This is Georgian in style and is dated just 5 year after the Georgian reign.  View   #V35959  

 

 

Circa 1890 to 1910
Just like fashion and dresses of the time, jewelry of this era becomes lighter and more delicate. Cabochons, Bohemian garnets, buckle motifs, signet rings, embossed bands and somewhat more delicate settings can be seen in the catalogues.
 

 

VICTORIAN 9ct turquoise and seed pearls ring, heart-shaped with links band design, size 7-1/4.   View   #G33103  VICTORIAN girl's Persian turquoise ring and gold filled thimble in original fitted box. This would have bee a lovely gift for a young girl.   View   View   View   View   View   #V32850  VICTORIAN turquoise and seed pearls ring, crescent with three stones, size 6-1/4.   View   View   #G33104

 

   RING Victorian 14k tested yellow gold, diamond and ruby buckle motif ring, size 11-1/2, 1/8" to 1/4" wide.    #G50997 

 VICTORIAN  9ct buckle ring dated 1898. See Luthi's Sentimental Jewelry page 32.  View   #G24203 

  VICTORIAN ring, 14k yellow gold band with rubies and diamonds, size 6-3/4, 1-3" wide.   View  #G25959 

 

 

    VICTORIAN 14k red and green cabochons ring, embossed design, circa 1900, size 8-1/4.   View   #G20897

Men's seal, garnet and opal rings.
14k birth month rings, all real stones. Priced in the catalogue from $1.60 to $18.00 each.
Daniel Low & Co., 1901

  GARNET cabochon pinky ring with embossed sides, circa 1890.   View  #G22930  

 

  18k YELLOW GOLD band with gypsy set diamond, engraved inside "AJK" for my grandmother, Agnes Jeanette King", circa 1910.   View   View    #Gajk 

   VICTORIAN signet ring with the initials "JHC", circa 1900.   View   View  #G22936  

14 K yellow gold heavy signet ring engraved "D/C/G ?", size 9, measures 11/16" across the face, circa 1890.  View   #G23362  

 

       VICTORIAN 14k gold and emerald ring, size 7-1/4.  View   View   View   View   #G24931

    14k RING peridot and diamond ring, size 7.  View   #G22078

   EDWARDIAN 14k yellow gold ruby and seed pearl tiny ring, circa 1910, size 5.   View   #G26298    

 

BOHEMIAN garnets ring, 14k yellow gold band and oval cabochon with surrounding rose cut garnets set in brass top, ring size 5, 3/4" long at the front. Wonderful color.   View   View   #G32166  BOHEMIAN garnets set in 10k yellow gold pinkie ring, illegible hallmark inside, size 3-3/4.   View   #G31380      RING of Bohemian garnets in gilt setting, size 7-1/2.  View   View   #G29424

 

    RING yellow gold, opals, diamonds and seed pearl ring, size 8 .    View   #G29423

RING 14k tested yellow gold and opal ring, three oval stones, circa 1900, size 7-1/2, opal portion 1/4" by 1/2".  View   #G50991/5

   14K yellow gold Edwardian ring with opals and mine cut diamonds, size 7-1/8.   View   #G28762

 

 

   Girls rings, boys rings, baby rings.
Signet rings, highly carved and plain designs.  Priced in the catalogue from $ .75 to $16.00 each.
Daniel Low & Co., 1901

SIGNET 14k yellow gold ring with medical "Caducaus" entwined snake, size 5-3/4.   View   #K23878

10k "Solid gold" finger rings. Priced in the catalogue from $1.50 to $25.00 each.
Daniel Low & Co., 1901

 

 

 RING 14k gold morning glory embossed size 3-3/4 ring. View #K24930

FINE solid gold 10k plump engraved band rings.
All rings with the letter "A" prefixed to number are 8K fine.
A.C. Becken Catalogue, 1902

 VICTORIAN 10k yellow gold wedding band size 8-1/2.  #G23204

 

    EDWARDIAN 14k yellow gold amethyst and seed pearl ring, circa 1910, size 5-1/2. View #G26297    EDWARDIAN 14k yellow gold ruby and diamond ring, circa 1910, size 7-3/4. View #G26295    EDWARDIAN 14k yellow gold sapphire and seed pearl ring, circa 1910, size 7-1/2. View #G26299

 

     
 

 

VICTORIAN silver ring with rose gold overlay rose and green gold overlay leaves, size 8-12 and 3/4" along the finger.  View   #V36612  

 

 

Circa 1910-1930
The popularity of platinum and white gold, and with it filigree work, set the tone for this era. Also popular were unusually-shaped stones, rubies and sapphires as well as diamonds.
 

 

  FILIGREE 19k white gold filigree ring with approximately 1/3 ct diamond center, broken sapphire sides, size 6-1/2.  View   #V31478

 14k DIAMOND white gold filigree approximately .25 ct diamond ring, size 5-1/4. View #G23958 

EDWARDIAN platinum tested 1-1/6" wide band set all around with tiny single cut diamonds, size 7-1/2.    #V31479  

 

  FILIGREE 14k white gold filigree ring with rubies and a small diamond, circa 1910, size  6-1/2, measures 7/8" across front.    View   #G32342

EDWARDIAN 14k white gold filigree ring with keystone shaped rubies, marked "14k" inside the band, circa 1910, size 5-1/4, measures 3/4" across front.   View   #G26300

DECO 14k white gold ring with rubies and diamonds ring, size 6-1/2. Hallmarked  "ECI" inside the band.   View   #G28480     

 

FILIGREE white gold ring with four amethysts, butterflies on each side of stones, marked inside the band "14k", circa 1925, size 6. This ring can be seen in the M. Bonn Jewelry Catalogue, 1927 and it can be seen HERE.   View   #G32489

Fancy shaped rings.
M. Bonn Jewelry Catalogue, 1927

14K YELLOW gold amethyst and seed pearls oval ring circa 1920.   View   #G21488

 

10k diamond yellow gold filigree ring, size 6-1/4.   #G17545

        "Special Order Work".
JR Wood & Sons, 1919 Catalogue, Page 55

STERLING and clear rhinestones ring, size 6-1/2, front 7/8". Circa 1920.   View   #K31730

 

 

 

 

 

DECO 18 karat white gold ring Asscher cut diamond ring with small sapphires and hand-engraved detailing, size 6, total weight 3.684 grams. The center natural diamond is an estimated weight of 2.25 carats, I-1 and M-N color. Seven square cut synthetic blue sapphires are mounted on the sides, as well as one natural sapphire that was a later replacement.     View   View   View   #V34446

 

 

"The carved wedding ring...
fortunate is the bride who receives one."
JR Wood & Sons, 1919 Catalogue, Page 77

 Diamond Rings
"Set with snappy blue white Wesselton diamonds, platinum or white gold top mountings with 14k yellow gold shanks."
JR Wood & Sons, 1919 Catalogue, Page 31

"Platinum mounting, also in combination of platinum and 14k gold."
JR Wood & Sons, 1919 Catalogue, Page 66

 




14k GOLD signet ring with nude lady on each side, initials engraved on top.   View  

"Signet rings in 10k and 14k gold."
JR Wood & Sons, 1919 Catalogue, Page 119

 VICTORIAN  14k gold ring with three gypsy-set diamonds, size 9-3/4.   View    #G21499

  SIGNET RING Gold shell  (gold filled) with shield shaped front, not engraved. It is a size 10-1/4, and has scrolls designs on the shank.   #G6246

 

Fancy and Birthstone Rings.
Diamonds, cameos and filigree settings.
M. Bonn Jewelry Catalogue, 1927

14k DIAMOND white gold filigree approximately .25 ct diamond ring, size 5-1/4. View #G23958 

Fancy ring settings.
M. Bonn Jewelry Catalogue, 1927


 

Cameo and Intaglio Rings
Dating cameo rings can be facilitated by both the setting and the carving of the pieces. Classic faces, harking back to Greek and Roman mythology, characterize many rings of this period. Comparing the settings with other Victorian rings also helps determine age.
 

 

 

 VICTORIAN 14k yellow gold hard stone cameo ring (one side with tiny chip) with diamonds, size 8-1/4.   View   #K28038

"Real stone cameo" ring.

    VICTORIAN 14k yellow gold black and white cameo ring, size 8-1/2.   View   #K28039

 

  CAMEO ring, a family piece brought back from Italy after WWI. This classic style goes back to Victorian times.   View    View #G22928   CORAL 10k yellow gold ring with coral cameo, 1-1/8" by 1/2" front, circa 1900. A ring like this can be seen on page 65 of Romero's Warman's Jewelry, Ed. 3 on page 65.   View   #G50651 VICTORIAN large and unusual shell cameo of a lady holding a torch set in 10k yellow gold (tested) ring, marked inside "JHW 901 __ core", size 6-1/2.  View   View   #G29636   

 

 10K yellow gold purple intaglio ring, size 8-1/2.   View  #G25980

"Fine solid gold and stone rings."
Onyx, Intaglio, Cameo, Amethyst, Blood Stone, Tiger Eye
Note the wide decorated shanks and heavier look of these rings.
E.V. Roddin Catalogue, 1887-1889 

   14K yellow gold oval intaglio Edwardian ring, circa 1910, size 7.   View   #G50474

 

RING 14k yellow gold and carnelian intaglio ring depicting "Justice" holding her scales, an unusual motif, size 8-1/4 it is 3/4" at the widest point on the front.   View   #G31973 VICTORIAN karat gold and intaglio signet ring, size 6-3/4, 1/2" front.    View   #V29841 

CAMEO ring, plastic cameo and marcasites set in silver tone jeweler's metal, circa 1930.  View   #Y60640

 

 

Modern Rings in Vintage Styles
Both the rings below are 1960-1990 settings, and both have older centerpieces. The Japanese "kashira" and the Old European cut diamond date to the 1800s. With the popularity of vintage styles, many new rings are available with the older stones and settings.... filigrees, older diamond cuts and even all-out reproductions. Here is where the privilege of handling many older pieces many be the best way to determine dates as some of the copies are very convincing. There is of course nothing wrong with buying vintage style rings... the diamond below belonged to my grandmother and I wanted it set with a period flair... but it is good to know which is genuinely old and which modern.
 

 

 

 JAPANESE 10k yellow gold shank and base ring with Japanese Samuri sword kashira with gilt carved dragon motif, ring size 7-1/2. The kashira which is probably comprised of copper and a small amount of gold, measures 1-1/3" by 2/3"wide.   View   View   #G29510

   14k GOLD and approximately 1 ct. Old European cut diamond ring in antique style 14k yellow and white gold setting. Diamond is circa 1900, setting is a contemporary one in a vintage style.  View   View   View  #Glkh

 


 

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