Winter Wonderland - Vintage Rhodium Plated Pearl & Crystal Cocktail Ring (VR799)

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Winter Wonderland - Vintage Rhodium Plated Pearl & Crystal Cocktail Ring. This eye-catching ring is crafted from rhodium plate over metal. Featuring 4 faux pearls, numerous marquise and round cut crystal rhinestones, and vintage styling.  The gallery on this ring showcases 4 creamy white simulated pearls, which has a sparkling clear crystal surround, resembling a spray of snow flowers. The shoulders have a split open-work design, and the shank is polished and smooth, which allows for a comfortable fit. This vintage ring is elegant and grande, a wonderful costume jewelry piece to add to your vintage collection.

History: In Ancient Rome glass beads were coated with silver and then coated again with glass in an attempt to replicate the lustre of pearls. Small balls of clay coated with mica powder and then baked, were another early attempt to create the appearance of natural pearls.

Centuries ago, quartz pebbles with a high lead content were found sparkling on the banks of Europe's Rhine River. These beautiful, natural stones were highly coveted and were eventually depleted, inspiring jewelers to create an imitation, aptly named the "rhinestone."

Rhodium has been used as a coating for jewelry and silverware since the 1930s. It was also used as a plating for cigarette lighters and writing instruments during that time. One of the many companies that used rhodium plating was the Ronson Lighter Company, which produced many art-deco style items in the 30s.


Measurements: Face of the Ring 30.00 mm x 24.00 mm 

Stone Size: Pearl (Faux) 9.00 mm - 2.00 mm    Crystal (Marquise) 6.00 mm x 3.00 mm    Crystal (Round) 3.00 mm - 1.00 mm 

Weight: 8.80 grams 

Ring Size: 5 1/2  Note: Can not be sized 

Condition: Very Good  Note: Very Slight aged related wear to large pearl. Seen under magnification. 

Origin: America 

Date: Circa 1960

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