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The Georgian period spans 1714 to 1837. Fine examples from this time are extremely rare as only the highest members of society could afford such an extravagance as jewellery.
Rings from this period would be crafted in gold with diamonds set in silver to enhance the whiteness. Table and rose cut diamonds which were cut for the low light of candles would glitter and sparkle at the dinner parties of the aristocracy.
Several styles of ring were popular throughout this period. The cluster ring was a favourite with diamonds densely packed in silver settings. Carved shoulders and shanks added to the elaborate nature of the design.
“Keeper” rings would be used to prevent a larger gemstone set ring from slipping from the finger. Fashioned from gold or set with gemstones, these bands are an early example of the now well known eternity band.
The “giardinetti” ring, Italian for ‘little garden’ would be a bouquet of flowers crafted in a rainbow of gemstones. These rings were exchanged as love tokens between couples or the closest of friends.
The heart is a favoured motif with twin hearts regularly depicted using a gemstone for each half of the heart. Closed backed settings would be used, often with foil backing to further enhance the colour of the natural gemstones.
Memorial rings from this period became increasingly ornate with elaborate enamel work depicting weeping women, burial urns and broken columns. Complicated plaited hair work can be seen set beneath a clear crystal dome. These elegant motifs would often have seed pearls surrounding the central design as these signified the tears of the mourner.
A Georgian ring would be a magnificent love token. These rare beautiful rings are not only a delight to wear and enjoy but they are a piece of history for you to add to your jewellery box.
We are pleased to announce the exciting news that the Berganza showroom is expanding! The showroom has now closed for renovations and will reopen in due course.
Our website will remain active throughout this period. All enquiries will be responded to during this time and any items purchased online will be shipped as usual, we offer complimentary shipping both within the UK and internationally.
We look forward to welcoming you again soon.
The Team at Berganza
Georgian diamond memorial ring, English, circa 1820.
Georgian diamond memorial ring. Set to centre with a cushion shape old mine diamond in a closed back cutdown setting with an approximate weight of 0.80 carats, to a carved ring with a rectangular collet flanked by ridged shoulders featuring curlicues, leading through to a shank composed of scrolling panels with black enamel ground and inscribed with 'IN' 'MEMy' 'OF' 'MR' 'GOODWIN'. Tested yellow gold and silver, English, circa 1820.