Antique Georgian Pink Tourmaline Black Dot Paste Ring
A wonderful Georgian period, circa 1780's, collet set foiled back black dot paste tourmaline crystal ring set in a silver metal frame. The curved ring features a 14.5mm pink tourmaline crystal open back stone in the center and is surrounded by a rectangle frame with black dot paste. Foiled paste was used during the Georgian era to add brilliance and reflection. The ring was converted many, many years ago from a belt buckle with its mate lost through time. It was a cherished possession of the family and converted to a ring in remembrance. Such a wonderful sentiment!
Black dot paste is paste (rhinestone) which has a tiny black dot painted on the very bottom underside of the stone. It was produced to mimic the open culet of early diamond cuts, which often look quite dark or black. The culet is the bottom of the stone, where in today's modern stone cuts all the facets come to a perfect point.
The ring is in a finger size 6.75 with the face of the ring measuring 23mm by 26mm. There are no chips or nicks to the stones with the metal bright.