Antique 18ct Gold Diamond Paste Marquise Ring
A beautiful ring from the Victorian period. The ring is made from 18ct gold and silver and is French in origin with the eagle head hallmark on the outside of the shank. It has been made in a pretty marquise shape; a beautiful elongated panel. It is set with old mine cut paste stones. Paste is a version of glass that has lead added, giving it a higher refractive index meaning that it sparkles like real gemstones. This example has been cut to imitate diamonds and shows lovely old mine cuts. The paste is lively, particularly the centre stone, and this ring is a pretty example of the craft.
Materials - 18ct Gold (marked), Silver, Paste
Age - Victorian
Size - The panel setting measures approx 19.5mm by 10mm. The central stone measures approx 4mm in diameter
Ring Size UK K US 5 1/4 This ring could be resized. Minor evidence of a previous resizing.
Condition - Good. Some signs of wear to the paste through magnification, commensurate with age and not detrimental to the overall look of the ring
Weight - 2.73g