Stunningly beautiful "Rose of Sharon" 14k gold ring. The amethyst stone is carved with a flower and encrusted with a little old cut diamond.
These rings, usually featuring an amethyst engraved with a flower, often set with a diamond, came into style during the 1870s-1880s. Sometimes a yellow stone was used, such as topaz or citrine.
Although I have always seen them referred to as "Rose of Sharon" rings, I have not been able to find any historical mention of this name for this particular style, so I am not sure if the name is something that has happened more recently. I have most often seen them referred to as "seal rings" or simply a ring with "inlaid stone" in extant catalogs from the period.
The term "Rose of Sharon" seems to have its origins in the Bible in Song of Solomon 2:1, in which "The Beloved" says "I am the rose of Sharon, a rose of the valley." Though the true meaning of the phrase remains a mystery, it has since been used in romantic writing and poetry. Perhaps that is one of the reasons why these beautiful rings are such an excellent choice as an engagement ring or anniversary gift!
This ring is unmarked but tests as 14k gold.
I was able to find a near identical ring in an 1887 catalog by "Busiest House in America." See last photo for the catalog page.
+++ Measurements +++
Ring size 7.75-8 US.
+++ Condition +++
Lovely condition with minor wear from age. No flaws to note.
+++ Please read +++
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