Edgy and Pretty Antique 18k Gold Statement Ring
Gosh, where do I start?! I've never seen another ring quite like this one! The three balls are a rich, dreamy gold and test strongly at 18k. My experience with antique jewelry leads me to believe they date to around the turn of the last century, circa 1900. They form a shallow arch and blend one into the other with a narrow gold wire cinching them at what would be the "seam". The two outer faces of each ball has an applied cannetille style flower with a gold bead center, six flowers in total. The balls are weighty and dense yet hollow. So over the years they've acquired a few dents and dings. In my honest opinion, this is not a deal breaker! On the contrary in fact. The dents are present in some quantity on each of the balls and have as much charm as the little flowers. They give the ring character and speak to its age and lovability! Having handled the ring and inspected it closely I feel that although it has been dented in the past I wouldn't consider the gold to be thin, flimsy or even easily dented for that matter. I think you'd really have to whack it to make a new or noticeable impression. That being said the ring does have a wonderful weight to it. The 14k shank seems to be a later addition or replacement, possibly from the 1930s or 1940s. The proportion is appropriate to physically and visually support the three balls. The wide shoulders drop straight down and taper dramatically creating a comfortable 3mm wide shank. Each side, halfway down the shoulder, has a nice little series of grooves which just adds a bit of interest to an otherwise relatively simple band. I think this ring is a perfect balance of edgy boho and antique beauty. It translates very well into contemporary fashion trends yet will be wildly different from anything anyone else has. Truly unusual and certainly stylish! Currently a size 6 and sizable upon request.