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C1855 9K Carved Garnet Eternity Band of Revolving Circles

C1855 9K Carved Garnet Eternity Band of Revolving Circles

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Directory: Antiques: Decorative Art: Jewelry: English: Pre 1900: Item # 1457267
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Unusual early Victorian Garnet eternity band with individually carved repeating garnet circles forming a complete band, a series of circles within a circle (the ring itself). The individual handwork required to carve each garnet circle, including the garnet as well as the gold-work, was considerable on this ring. One would only see this kind of hand-work on an early Victorian or Georgian ring. Additionally, the use of garnets was common in the Georgian era because it was considered the perfect color to set off a woman's complexion. We would classify this as a Georgian ring were it not for the 9K gold construction (18K or higher was more typically used in Georgian rings). Consequently we have dated it 1856-1860 because this was the earliest in which when lower karat gold was first allowed in English jewelry. So if it is not Georgian, it is most certainly no later than mid 19th century. Set with a continuous line of identical gemstones, eternity bands traditionally were given by one spouse to another to commemorate a special occasion such as an anniversary, birth of a child, engagement, or wedding.