Stuart Crystal & Sterling Silver Ring, c. This stunning, Stuart Crystal is made from hand-cut, rock crystal that has been backed with vibrant red (or pink if you prefer) foil and topped with a small patch of brown fabric or woven hair upon which a gold, wire cipher has been set. Just look at those glorious prongs!
Ive had this piece in my Stuart Crystal button collection for a while and it kept asking me to give it a new life as a ring, so... It's in pristine condition and I've left it in its original, silver encasement and simply added a simple, sterling silver band. The face of the ring is a good size measuring 1/2 from corner to corner diagonally.
Background: The origin of Stuart Crystal jewelry is political in nature. In 1649, King Charles I of England and Scotland was executed and those loyal to him and the Stuart monarchy wore Stuart Crystal jewelry that contained his image, a cipher with his initials, or a lock of his hair. By the late 17th century, Stuart Crystal jewelry became more personal often containing ciphers that pertained to the family, their hair, or other sentimental items such as we see here.
Materials: Rock crystal, foil, fabric or hair, gold wire, silver, sterling silver. Measurements: Size 6.25 and it should be resizable within reason. The face of the ring measures approximately 1/2 diagonally.
Each side measures approximately 7/16. Date estimate: Late Stuart Era or Early Georgian Era, c.
The crystal has a bit of surface wear which is to be expected, but this is mainly only seen with magnification. There is one prong absent. I didn't notice this until I took a highly magnified photo. I decided to make a ring out of this button because it is in such gorgeous condition. As explained above, it was a button which I've had a band added to.
Please view the photos and decide the condition for yourself as the condition of a piece is often subjective. Any boxes or props pictured are for display only unless otherwise noted and are not included with this listing.I try to describe the most obvious blemishes, if any, for each piece, but there may be other condition issues not listed, so please use the pictures as a guide and feel free to ask any questions for clarification before purchasing. Also, unless a piece is hallmarked with the date, a date estimate is just that, an estimate, not a guarantee. Instead, pricing is based on the style and rarity of the piece as an antique and prices are subject to change according to fluctuations in market value and availability or scarcity of a particular style or type of piece. You can also find Portals on Instagram with username: portalsoftimevintage for more insight. My specialty is mourning, memento mori, fine paste, and other rare types of antique and vintage jewelry. I think there is something special about wearing or holding a piece that is vintage, antique, or antiquarian. It creates a connection that can take you back in time. Im a historian, so I think of these pieces as artifacts that speak to us about the past. All the jewelry I sell is in ready-to-wear condition unless specifically noted and most pieces are rare and collectible. Be sure to check my other listings and stay tuned as I add more wonderful treasures for sale. The item "Antique Stuart Crystal Sterling Silver Button Ring Stuart Georgian 18th Century" is in sale since Thursday, June 27, 2019. This item is in the category "Jewelry & Watches\Vintage & Antique Jewelry\Fine\Georgian, Pre-1837". The seller is "portalsoftimevintage" and is located in Santa Ana, California. This item can be shipped worldwide.