This Georgian sapphire, diamond ring is a treasure. Sapphire is a rare stone to be used in Georgian jewelry and I have only had one other ring from this period designed with this stone.
The sapphire is a square, step cut with softly rounded corners, similar to a cushion cut stone, It is a beautiful, pale blue foil backed and set in a gold rub over collet. Stones during this period, were typically closed in the back and foil was used below the stone to add vibrance and light. The foiling is responsible for the distinctive hue, so prized in early jewelry. At each cardinal point there is a rose cut diamond, finely set in silver. The shank is simple and beautifully rendered. The reverse has the characteristic pattern of rays beneath the stone. The diamonds glisten, have natural inclusions typical of the period and seen only with a loop. There are no chips, and any suggestion of defect on the diamond surface, is merely due to the photography/lighting.
It measures a size 6 US and is set in 15 karat gold and sterling silver. The condition is as fine as the design of the ring. Exquisite and rare.
England , circa 1780