Antique Ruby Emerald Paste 18K Gold Victorian Ring
A ruby paste stone flanked on each side with a faceted paste emerald, sets off this fully English hallmarked, circa 1857 Victorian 18K yellow gold band ring. Bearing Birmingham letters, the band on this lovely ring is engraved with a floral motif. In a finger size 6, this is a great ring perfect for staking with others or for something special. Showing normal wear for a piece that is over 150 years old, the ring will soon be your new favorite.
Paste was at one time an art form, since with paste gems, certain decorative effects could be achieved that are rarely realized with diamonds and other valuable gemstones. Paste jewelry was popular with royalty and aristocrats in the 18th and 19th centuries. Its popularity was particularly attributed to the work of a jeweler named Georges Frederic Strass (1730) who was "Jeweler to the King". Paste was used to imitate gemstones so that ladies could still wear their jewelry without fear of robbery. The real antique paste jewelry has become extremely valuable and collectible today.