Here is a beautiful Georgian ring featuring black enamel and floral motifs in 18kt yellow gold. On the top of the ring, we can read “amitiés” written in French which means friendship. This can be of French of Belgian origin because the hallmark used, a horse head, was used in both countries from about 1831.
Georgian jewelry is rather rare as when time passed most worn out, was melted or taken apart and re-used for more modern designs. Materials like gold, silver and diamonds were very scarce and expensive and little consideration for fine craftmanship was taken with the “old stuff” when the owners wanted to wear their gold and diamonds according to the latest fashion in jewelry.
Besides a little dusting off we didn’t have to do anything to offer it in its original beauty. Early 19th century, the ring is very good condition.
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A pigment of a vitreous nature composed usually of powdered potash and silica, bound with oil, coloured with metallic oxides, and applied to porcelain, gold, silver, copper, glass, etc., as a surface decoration by low-temperature firing. Enamels are usually mixed with a flux to facilitate melting at a low temperature. They often sink deeply into the glaze of artificial porcelain, but are not absorbed into the feldspathic glazes of true porcelain or into the surface of gold, silver, copper or glass, and so remain on the surface of these, easily palpable to the finger-tips. The French term is émail, the Italian smalto, and the German schmeltz.