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Jeweled Orchid - Vintage Art Nouveau Revival Sterling Silver Ruby Cabochon Flower Ring. This unique ring is crafted from sterling silver, hallmarked 925 for sterling, and a makers mark QJ. Featuring one genuine oval cut cabochon ruby gemstone, Art Nouveau styling, and quality craftsmanship. This ring is expertly claw set with a  beautiful opaque ruby, displaying reddish/purplish hues. The ruby is surrounded by detailed silver petals, which form an exquisite orchid flower. The shank is smooth and polished, which allows for a comfortable fit and easy sizing. This wonderful vintage ring exhibits characteristics of Art Nouveau era jewelry, truly a perfect addition to any jewelry collection.

History: Records suggest that rubies were traded along China's North Silk Road as early as 200 BC. Chinese noblemen adorned their armor with rubies because they believed the gem would grant protection. Burma has been a significant ruby source since at least 600 AD. 

The story of silver mining began about 5,000 years ago. Silver was first mined around 3,000 BCE in Anatolia, now located in modern-day Turkey. The precious metal helped early civilizations in the Near East, Ancient Greece to flourish.

The sterling alloy originated in continental Europe and was being used for commerce as early as the 12th century in the area that is now northern Germany. A piece of sterling silver dating from Henry II's reign was used as a standard in the Trial of the Pyx until it was deposited at the Royal Mint in 1843.

What Defines Art Nouveau? Art Nouveau was a compelling and energetic style in the visual arts which spanned from around the early 1890s to the First World War. Art Nouveau artists, inspired by plant forms and nature, took organic subjects and flattened and abstracted them into sophisticated, sinuous and flowing motifs.


Measurements: Face of the Ring 26.00 mm x 18.00 mm 

Stone Size: Ruby 1.50 carats 

Weight: 4.70 carats 

Ring Size: 7 1/2 

Condition: Excellent 

Origin: America 

Date: Circa 1960

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