Antique Silver Pearl and Garnet Topped Doublet Ring

Antique Silver Pearl and Garnet Topped Doublet Ring

Regular price R 895

Antique Silver Pearl and Garnet Topped Doublet Ring
 
The antique sterling silver ring is set with a claw-set, blue, round-cut, garnet topped doublet (GTD) (approximately 5mm diameter – circa 0.5ct each). The GTD is flanked by two seed pearls (circa 2mm round, white; good lustre). The ring is marked “925”.
 
A GTD is a type of artificially assembled gem composed in two sections. In this case, the top section is garnet and the bottom section is blue glass. This GTD simulates blue sapphire. This type of gem was first produced round 1850 when it was found that molten glass would adhere to garnet. It became a popular imitation of gems of many colours as the colour of the glass is the only colour that is actually seen, while the section of gem gives the top surface the strength and characteristics of a gemstone. GTD’s were used into the early years of the 20th Century, when they were generally replaced by the use of synthetic stones.
 
Weight                                    0.9g
Age                                         Circa 1920
Dimensions                             5.5mm x 9.5mm head
Size                                           H+
Condition                                Very good
Stock Code                             BF438