Oscar Heyman Brothers pansy ring. Set with eighteen channel set calibrestep cutnatural unenhanced amethysts in open backgrain and rubover settings with an approximate combined weight of 2.87 carats to two petal shapes, with nineteen round brilliant cutdiamonds of varying sizes in open back grain settings with an approximate combined weight of 0.92 carats to further petal shapes and one to centre, and three round brilliant cut natural unenhanced fancy colour yellow diamonds in open back rubover settings with an approximate combined weight of 0.09 carats, further set with fourteen channel set natural unenhanced step cut pink tourmalines in open back grain and rubover settings with an approximate combined weight of 1.08 carats to a central petal shape, all to an elegant pansy cluster on stepped levels with flowing curved bezels and intricate pierced backholing, to an openwork split twisted solid shank. Marked 18 carat yellow gold and platinum and iridium, maker's mark for Oscar Heyman Brothers, numbered '302129', American, circa 1940s, accompanied by Oscar Heyman Brothers authenticity certificate booklet with photograph, signed and dated July 2014.
Rings are one of the most powerful and evocative pieces of jewellery. In its most rudimentary form, a ring is a simple band, composed of any material from bone, wood, glass to precious metal, which encircles the finger.
Rings are worn not just for personal adornment and displaying wealth and status, but also for a number of symbolic reasons including a statement of love, religious and superstitious belief, providing proof of identity and also marking births and deaths.
Finger rings trace their origin back the ancient world and each civilisation created specific styles which incorporated motifs and designs particular to their cultural identity. For example the ancient Egyptians wore signet rings often in the form of a scarab beetle or the sun which were motifs important to their society; also rough gemstones such as rock crystal and amethyst were carved and pierced through with gold wire and rotated around a hoop.
Rings are often seen as a symbol of love, with the never-ending circle denoting the infinity of sentiment. This concept was first invented by the ancient Greeks; it was however during the Roman period, that rings were formally introduced as part of the marriage ceremony.
Berganza’s collection of ancient, antique and vintage rings encompass a profusion of varied designs, from complicated ornate rings through to simple dainty rings, every single one unique and hand crafted.