Lot 259

C. 1890 Victorian 14K Gold & Citrine Ring

Estimate: $400 - $800

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For your consideration is a circa 1890 antique Victorian 14k gold and citrine ring. Citrine is the yellow variety of quartz, and its name comes from the Old French word for lemon. Its warm colour is said to be a gift from the sun, making this golden gemstone the perfect option for brightening up a typically chilly autumnal month. Citrine has been a popular decorative gemstone since ancient times. The Aesthetic Period of Victorian jewelry can be defined as one of reaction against previous jewelry periods. Victorians became disillusioned with fashions and furnishings and sought a way out of the conventions of the past, moving toward a time of more refined artistic taste. The jewelry was lighter and on a smaller scale than in previous years. Weighty Victorian brooches were replaced by smaller pins scattered on the bodice of a dress and diamond brooches were often worn in the hair for evening. Small stud earrings were desirable as the latest Victorian hairstyles exposed the ears. Soft curves and natural shapes with more delicate coloring were the result of this overreaction to the past. Gemstones were cut en cabochon with a preference for amethysts, emeralds, and opals. C.R. Ashbee, a leader in the Arts and Crafts movement, was one of these new designers. Coming from the belief that jewelry should be designed for its intrinsic beauty and not its intrinsic value, Ashbee used pink topaz and amethysts set in dull silver or gray gold. Other jewelers followed suit. This ring has two (2) cabochon cut Palmeria coloured citrine stones, a nice warm papaya orange hue, centered on a vintage Victorian ring created in the Arts and Craft motif that became very popular at the end of the Victorian fashion period known as the Aesthetic Period (1885-1901). No marring noted to the ring or stones.