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Antique gold enamel ring sentimental jewelry

Sentimental gold ring bearing the inscription "amitié" with enamel work. The feeling of love is celebrated with crown on each side of the center pattern and flowers running along the band.

Among antique jewelry that can be described as sentimental, a category is obvious: the ring. jewels of the 19th century had multiple functions loaded with symbolism: to show social status, wealth, religion and political beliefs. They are also a way to signify a feeling of love or friendship. At that time, no matter the materials they were made, the feeling prevailed over the desire to appear. Engravings are explicit "amitié" or friendship. It is important to note the ambiguity of the term "ami" in French. At the end of the 18th century, there was a sacredness of friendship and designated as the lover or the mistress...

Antique jewelry object group: ring

Country of origin: This can be of French of Belgian origin because the hallmark used, a horse head, was used in both countries.

Style: Georgian - Georgian style is the name given in most English-speaking countries to the set of styles current between 1720 and 1840. It is eponymous for the first four British monarchs of the House of Hanover—George I of Great Britain, George II of Great Britain, George III of the United Kingdom, and George IV of the United Kingdom—who reigned in continuous succession from August 1714 to June 1830.
See also: Georgian or more info on styles

Period: ca. 1835-1850
(events and facts in 1830)

Source of inspiration: Friendship

Material: 18K red gold
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Technique: Enamelling is an old and widely-adopted technology. The ancient Egyptians applied enamels to pottery and stone objects. The ancient Greeks, Celts, Russians, and Chinese also used enameling processes on metal objects. Enamel is the colorful result of fusing powdered glass to a substrate by firing, usually between 750 and 850 degrees Celsius. The powder melts and flows and hardens to a smooth, durable vitreous coating on metal, glass or ceramic. According to some sources, the word enamel comes from the High German word smelzan (to smelt) via the Old French esmail. Used as a noun, "an enamel" is a usually small decorative object, coated with enamel coating, such as a champlevé or a cloisonné (different techniques).

Hallmarks: The control mark here represents a horse’s head and was in use in Belgium from about 1831.
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Condition: very good condition
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Weight: 2.60 gram (1.67 dwt)

Ring size Continental: 63 & 20 , Size US 10¼ , Size UK: U

Resizing: Free resizing, but because of the the way the ring is made, we cannot guarantee to make it on every size; so please ask in advance (only for extreme resizing we have to charge).
(more info on ring sizes)

Reference Nº: 08267-4170

Copyright photography: Adin, fine antique jewelry

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