Victorian Diamond Crowned Heart Ring
A stunning ring from the early Victorian period, c1840s. The ring is Dutch in origin and has an original silver top set with an encapsulating foil backed pear shaped diamond. The diamond is a rose cut diamond and represents the heart, atop of which is a five point crown. The crowned heart symbolises 'ruler of my heart' and is a wonderful romantic emblem. Possibly, the two curved designs at the bottom of the ring could be described as snakes, the symbol of everlasting love during this period.
I believe the shank to this ring dates later than the top and was probably replaced in the late Victorian period, possibly due to wear. It has repoussé work all around, customary of these designs, and is in excellent condition. There is a later hallmark to the shank due to the fact that any jewellery item offered for sale in The Netherlands must be hallmarked. This has led to later hallmarks being added to antique jewellery and you will sometimes find an older Dutch piece of jewellery with a more modern hallmark.
Materials - Diamonds, Silver, 14kt Gold (hallmarked in an oak leaf as 585)
Age - Top c1840, Shank late Victorian
Size - Top measures 16mm across by 14mm high. Pear diamond measures 8mm long by 4.5mm wide.
RIng size US 7 UK O This ring would be difficult to resize, though it is possible. Please contact us for details.
Condition - Very good. The top shows signs of wear commensurate with age.
Weight - 3.95g