On This Day In 1884 - Victorian English Rare 18K Gold Engraved Wedding band Ring (VICR167)

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On This Day In 1884 - Victorian English Rare 18K Engraved Wedding Band Ring.  This rare ring is crafted from 18K gold, hallmarked 18 (for 18k gold), a Chester assay, a letter date 'A' for 1884, and a makers mark. This wonderful ring features its full crisp hallmarks, exquisite engraving, and quality craftsmanship. This early ring is in the form of a classic wedding band, which is beautifully engraved with a detailed decorative pattern. The ring displays a beautiful buttery gold color, and a soft patina. The inside of the ring has a polished smooth finish, which allows for a comfortable fit.  These antique engraved Victorian wedding bands are getting harder to find, especially in this fine condition and early date. 

Comments: Exceptional condition throughout and a beautiful Victorian example. 

Note: Contemporary appraisals do not reflect the value of antique jewelry. It is recommended that this ring be insured for $2000.00 (Tax Excluded)

History: Events that happened in the United Kingdom 1884:  4 January – the Fabian Society is founded in London. 5 January – Gilbert and Sullivan's comic opera Princess Ida has its première at the Savoy Theatre. 

Gold was generally used for a couple thousand years solely to create things such as jewelry and idols for worship. This was until around 1500 BC when the ancient empire of Egypt, which benefited greatly from its gold-bearing region, Nubia, made gold the first official medium of exchange for international trade.

By the 1st Millennium BC, metal jewellery was starting to be engraved using simple tools to create shallow grooves. Gradually the engraving of semi-precious gemstones followed, gaining increased popularity throughout the ancient world. For the Ancient Egyptians, stone was perhaps a more popular medium for engraving.

The Western traditions of wedding rings can be traced to ancient Rome and Greece, and were first associated with the marital dowry and later with a promise of fidelity. The modern exchange of rings derived from the customs of Europe in the Middle Ages as part of Christendom.

In the history of the United Kingdom and the British Empire, the Victorian era was the reign of Queen Victoria, from 20 June 1837 until her death on 22 January 1901. Slightly different definitions are sometimes used. 


Measurements: Ring (Width) 5.00 mm 

Weight: 4.00 grams 

Ring Size: 6 1/4

Condition: Excellent 

Origin: England, Chester

Date: Dated 1884



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