I hope you understand how much jewelry I look at before deciding what’s worth showing you. Some of it I pin, some of it I post to Tumblr, but most of it I just turn down. Which means that anything I put on here is something I think is special – but some things, at the risk of sounding silly, are especially special.
For example: this antique green tourmaline filigree ring.
This 18k white gold ring was made in 1880. That beautiful center stone is a natural green tourmaline. Isn’t it beautiful? I think that shade of green is stunning.
The other most noticeable feature of this antique green tourmaline ring is, of course, the filigree. Look how ornate that is – I can’t help but wonder how much time the jeweler spent designing each whirl and tendril before beginning to forge the final piece. It’s so intricate and flows so perfectly.
This ring is currently for sale at Fourtane, listing available via 1stdibs. Thanks to Fourtane and 1stdibs for the images and info.
I’m sure you got the date of the ring from the seller however, according to jewelry historian Christie Romero, the patent for white gold was filed in 1915, so this ring isn’t from the 1880’s. While I think occasionally white gold will turn up earlier in an individual jeweler’s experiments with alloys, in general, if a piece of jewelry is white gold it’s post-1915. Plus, stylistically, this sort of filigree is Edwardian not late-Victorian, confirming the later date.
Yeah – that makes a lot of sense. I wrote this post very early on in my jewelry journey, and I’ve wondered about the info since then.
Truly a perfect stone was chosen. EVEN IN TODAYS market this stone,color,style etc would be any womans first choice. Thanks for sharing.
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