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Antique sapphire diamond ring 18k gold Belle Epoque Engagement English (7384)

Antique sapphire diamond ring 18k gold Belle Epoque Engagement English (7384)

Regular price $2,500.00 USD
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Antique ring. 18k yellow gold, sapphire and diamonds. Made in Birmingham, England, 1920 by Solomon Blanckensee & Son Ltd.
Suitable as engagement ring.
Independent appraisal.

Measurements: Weight is 4.5 grams. US size 6 1/2 - 6 3/4. total 1.77ct sapphires; 0.09ct diamonds.

Description :
An openwork gallery supports the line of gems, allowing light to enter from the sides and the back. Three sapphires of a very pretty blue color (one a little green in tone), with 4 tiny diamonds between them as accents and contrasts. Combination of blue, yellow/gold and white is very effective. The openwork gallery of scrolling gold work that holds up the bezel is particularly fine and interesting.
A well made, classic ring, suitable for daily wear. Very pretty and a great engagement ring or gift.

The firm of Solomon Blanckensee & Son was hugely successful during the 19th century and one of the best know jewellers in Birmingham for over a century.
The story of the firm, starting with the birth of Solomon Blanckensee in 1801 (Poland) and continueing to his children can be found on the internet.

Marks and Metal: a number of hand engraved digits is followed by a manufacturer's model number 202. The maker's mark SB&SLd.
for Solomon Blanckensee & Son Ltd.
Series of United Kingdom hallmarks: Crown, 18, anchor and V - respectively the mark for gold, 18ct gold, Birmingham town mark and date letter V for 1920.

Condition: Good with negligible wear commensurate with age. Please see enlarged pictures and don't hesitate to ask questions which we will do our best to answer.
Independent appraisal for $5000.00 available to new owner.

The Story: We can count about 4 generations of ladies who have loved and taken care of this ring. Who were they? We will most likely never know exactly who they were, but we can surmise a few details based on the age, style and maker of the ring. Firstly, we know that the original owner was a lady of great taste or given the ring by a suitor/husband who had great taste. It was someone who knew quality. After all, they went to the top manufacturer to do their shopping, not stinting on a lesser brand.
We might guess that the original owner lived in Birmingham, because that is where Solomon Blanckensee was located. However, there is no proof of that and perhaps a London lady's husband bought it for her there while away on business. We do know for sure that the original owner was English, not only because of the origin, but because that is where we bought the ring, over 100 years later.
The ring was passed down, from mother to daughter until there was some reason - perhaps no more daughters or sadly, perhaps for financial reasons, it left the original family and came to us. The ring lived through the entire history of the 20th century - world wars, scientific, medical and industrial innovation until the present. Now, it is our turn to enjoy, love and take care of the ring and ensure it goes down to the even more mysterious future in good shape.
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