Gemstones: Ruby & Diamonds
Cut: Oval Cut Ruby & Old Cut Diamonds
Weight & Colour: Ruby = 0.45ct
2 Diamonds = 0.14cts
Material: 18ct Yellow Gold
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Edwardian ruby and diamond ring. The centre oval cut ruby and two old cut diamonds are claw set in 18ct yellow gold. The Ruby weights 0.45 ct and measures 4.20 x 4.00 x 2.85 mm. The two Diamonds total 0.14 ct. The ring is signed by Henry Griffiths & Sons. Circa 1905.
Edwardian & Belle Époque Period (1901 - 1910):
Named after the reigning King Edward VII and with notable influences from French Rococo décor, this period was the shortest in antique jewellery history. However, it was during this time that platinum was introduced into the art of jewellery making which changed the way diamonds could be set. The popular jewellery design at the time was the “garland” which flowed on from the Art Nouveau period as it focused on nature but more particularly, on flowers and leaves often arranged in some circular shape. Through the use of milgrain and pierced and engraved metals, the Belle Époque designs gave way to jewellery that mimicked the delicate nature of lace and ribbon with natural pearls and old mine cut diamonds being the material of choice.