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Antique Victorian ring 18k gold pearl daisies French Art Nouveau small (7441)

Antique Victorian ring 18k gold pearl daisies French Art Nouveau small (7441)

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Antique Victorian Art Nouveau ring. 18k gold and pearl. Made in France, circa 1890's. 

Measurements: Weight is 2.7 grams. Size is a little bigger than US 7.5. 

Description : Small, but beautifull made ring. A simple gold shank/hoop leads to an arching bezel composed of 4 daisies that rise towards the center. Center set with a small pearl. Lovely detail to petals of flowers and stippled, textured centers, reflecting the quality of the workmanship and the standards of the time, when perfection mattered and there were no short-cuts. 

Marks and Metal:   Outside of shank with French eagle head mark for 18k gold and another mark, which is not clearly legible.  

Condition: Gold bezel/top is in very good condition. Wear commensurate with age/use to shank and nacre of pearl is worn/dull, but it is original and not damaged.  Pearl can be easily replaced for something shinier if so desired (another pearl or opal would be perfect).  Please see enlarged pictures and don't hesitate to ask questions which we will do our best to answer.   

THE STORY: In French, 'daisy' is called 'marguerite'. The French were particularly fond of this flower in their Art Nouveau jewelry.  We have a ring with the same flowers by Eugene Barral. A close look at the shoulders of the shank, also hint at the same maker. Since the maker's mark on this ring is too worn to read, we can not be sure of the maker. 

Daisies were a very popular theme in Victorian and particularly Art Nouveau jewelry. They symbolised purity, innocence, joy, loyalty and an ability to keep a secret. Many of these symbols match perfectly with the symbolism of the pearl such as purity. 

The symbolism of the flowers and the small size of this ring make it the perfect gift to a young lady, possibly as an engagement ring, graduation gift or simply to mark love and growing up. We can imagine a suitor offering this ring as a romantic gesture with all of the attached meanings.  The ring forms a real, physical link to the romance of those days and those who gave it so much meaning.  Today, we can only guess who they were, but we can continue to enjoy the ring, much as they did.

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