Having chosen Birmingham’s famous Jewellery Quarter as our new base, we thought it fitting that we should develop our range of vintage and antique jewellery. Or fine antique jewellery collection is slowly growning and we have had some beautiful pieces pass through our fingers over the last few months. I have a particular fondness for Victorian gypsy set rings at the moment and it seems that I am not alone, my little collection has sold quite well on etsy.
It is said that the simplicity of the gypsy ring stone setting allowed gypsies to mount the gems that they found in their travels. Whether this is true I know not, but the gypsy setting is very distinct. It is defined as being one continuous piece of metal that gets thicker at the top and has gemstones sunk into the metal.
This style of ring was given and worn as a friendship band. Often they were given to young girls, hence the tiny sizes we find, or a man might give one to his lover.
This early Edwardian gypsy set ring has been sent to America. It has an unusual 18ct gold band with unusual fancy cut outs and a central ruby is flanked by two diamonds and two smaller rubies. The rubies have a particularly beautiful hue.
This dainty wee thing is hallmarked Chester 1899 is now living in the Phillipines. It is a beautiful Victorian ring with a central diamond and two rubies gypsy set into stars. The star setting seems to be particularly popular in this style of ring
I found this rose gold victorian ring set with rose cut diamonds on-line and fell in love. I adore the pink hue of rose gold and rose-cut is my favourite diamond cut. I wish
it were in my shop, but alas it is not.
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