This opulent, large antique French tourmaline ring is circa 1890. It has an important 17 carat faceted pink tourmaline surrounded by rose cut diamonds. The design of a large colored stone surrounded by diamonds is referred to as "a baque Pompadour."
The shank is hand chased in 18 karat gold and the diamonds are set in silver. The ring is very large, both in finger size and in scale. The size is an 8 3/4 US . It may have been worn on top of gloves by a man or woman. It would be striking worn on the index or middle finger. It has been previously sized and cannot be made smaller. A jeweler could add small balls or add an interior band to make the size slightly smaller. The condition is excellent with a minor scratch on the surface of the stone . There are French guarantee stamps for 18 karat gold as well as a maker's marks on the shank. It weighs 13.8 dwt with the stone.
This is a ring that has the look of grandeur. France, circa 1890